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Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
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The Chief of Police, the “Lunatic” and the Yellow Press

Sir Hugh Orde is one of the most senior police officers on the island of Ireland. That is, he is a most senior officer of the Law. An officer of the Law, moreover, who plays an overtly political role more in keeping with a Chief of Police, or District Attorney in North America. In the aftermath of the allegedly DIY attempt at murder of republican politicians at Stormont yesterday, Orde is quoted as describing Michael Stone’s irruption on to affairs at Stormont as "a sad publicity act by a very sad individual". Now my question is, will this senior police officer be bringing this evidence to court when Stone appears accused of these new attempts to murder? What else will Orde be able to tell the court? After all, he would appear to be in a better position than most to tell us about Michael Stone. Yet, as far as this writer can see, not one journalist has so far challenged Hugh Orde regarding Michael Stone’s relationship with the police in the North, or the fact that he regularly received police files on individuals during his murder campaign against Catholics.

The most pertinent questions are:
1) Are there any former members of RUC Special Branch now serving in the Police Service of Northern Ireland who had a relationship with Stone?
2) Are any of those RUC officers who queued up outside Stone’s cell to get his autograph after his gun and bomb attack at Milltown cemetery now serving in the “fully reformed” PSNI?

The other remarkable aspect of this escapade is that most journalists have, with the usual indecent haste, accepted assertions from the civil power and from loyalist paramilitaries that Stone was acting on his own. The usual terms like “maverick” and “go it alone” have been dutifully trotted out. Yet, who has benefited from Stone’s murder bid? The answer of course is the leadership of Ian Paisley’s DUP which thereby has attention drawn away from its severe discomfiture and internal split over having to share power with Sinn Féin. But then, the DUP’s long standing relationship with loyalist paramilitaries is a No Go area for official Irish journalism and for this reason any talk of possible collusion between elements within the DUP and Michel Stone will be dismissed as the ravings of uninformed individuals who have a political axe to grind.
If readers want to know more about the real relationship between the DUP and loyalism please consult chapter 19 (Permanent Resistance – The Slightly Constitutional Party) of the author’s book A Very British Jihad. Discussion of the book, and in particular the above chapter, is banned in polite circles here but is gradually working its way through the political watercourse in this country. Tá an fhírinne searbh ach tá sé fíor. The truth has a bitter taste but it is still the truth.

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Date posted: 26 Nov '06 - 06:54
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