Monday 5 December 2016

The real issue in the North isn't Robinson, it's policing

Published 13/01/2010 | 05:00

Great progress has been made in developing a police service that has the support of the whole community and it is that which is now being put at risk

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JUST when all seemed lost, Peter Robinson executed an elegant side-step that enabled him to elude the chasing pack. Even if it doesn't lead to a score, at least it keeps the ball in play and him in the game for a few days more.

Meanwhile, there was the impressive show of support from his DUP colleagues, who endorsed him as party leader without a hint of the concurrence -- and for some the necessity -- of his temporary withdrawal from the office of first minister. It was an equally impressive example of the mental reservation, delivered with an aplomb that would have made Desmond Connell blush.

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