I see that Gerry Adams has said that Sinn Féin will take their positions on any reconstituted Policing Board and the district policing partnerships "as soon as" the power-sharing Executive is formed.
Now according to the Policing motion, which the Ard Fheis endorsed, that can only happen when
1. The power-sharing institutions are established and
2. When the Ard Chomhairle is satisfied that the policing and justice powers will be transferred
For Gerry Adams to make that statement we can be sure that the Ard Chomhairle is satisfied that Policing and Justice powers will be devolved.
Well the only other way for Sinn Féin to sign on to Policing, as laid down in the motion and endorsed by the governing body of Sinn Féin i.e. The Ard Fheis, is when
1. New partnership arrangements to implement the Good Friday Agreement are in place.
Seeing as those arrangements are not as yet in place that is the only way in which the Ard Chomhairle would be acting constitutionally.
To say that this new policing attitude we are adapting is hard to take is putting it mildly.
I agreed with the Motion put before the Ard Fheis as I believed, albeit with certain reservations which most Republicans had, that it was the right thing to do.
I do however not wish to see us turn into a cheerleading squad for the PSNI!!!
I understand that all these recent statements by the movement have been about reassuring the DUP but I don't wish to see us treat policing like they do.
We are not there to do the job of the PSNI, this talk of "acts" on our behalf is nonsense. It is up to the police to prove that they have changed.
Our job is to hold them to account and bring them to book if, or more likely when, they slip back into their old modus operandi.
Republicans should not be licking Paisley's arse in the hope that he will enter Government. We will be in government, if one is established, by virtue of our mandate.
Not by the approval of Ian Paisley or any other bigot for that matter.
If Paisley misses the deadline the that is his problem, the Assembly should then be scrapped and alternative partnership arrangements put in place.
It's about time Sinn Féin told the DUP "Enough is enough!"
We should not be jumping through hoops trying to placate that shower of hypocrites and sectarian bigots!