Wednesday, September 13, 2006
So far so good, Campbell is a first class politician with an excellent campaigning record. I know the constituency well and know his hard work has made the seat safe. Given this I nearly drove into the River Roe when he came out with this (reported here):
Mr Campbell said the prisoners would have to show they did not advocate criminality.The response from DUP HQ was swift
If they did, he said, they could be considered for membership of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
"They have to demonstrate that they are repentant and they have to show that they do not advocate that sort of activities," he said.
"If so, they could then be considered, only if they demonstrate that, if they don't, they should not."
"DUP policy in relation to policing is that there can be no question of a two tier policing system, particularly where terrorists, past or present are attempting to establish their own systems of justice through Community Restorative Justice Schemes," the statement said.All politicians drop the ball occasionally (examples here) and whilst this might not be in the "feeding ones' daughter a BSE burger" category, in terms of what currently passes for NI politics it is a pretty big clanger. Perhaps Gregory Campbell should admit he made a mistake and row in behind what is clearly party policy. Otherwise this could run and run.
"We do not advocate or support the weakening of vetting procedures for the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the party does not support terrorist prisoners with convictions for murder and other serious criminal offences joining the police."