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Justice Minister has been silent on too many issues

Published 09/03/2016

It was nice to see the Justice Minister, David Ford, breaking cover last week to voice his negative opinions of how we are governed.

It was even nicer to see that Mr Ford's political acumen hasn't been damaged by high office - his remarks coincided with his intention to stand down as Justice Minister after the next Assembly election in May, with his party's annual conference last weekend and with his de facto initiating a leadership race for when he steps down as leader of Alliance.

Such activity was in stark contrast to his silence on the collapse of a major terrorist attack trial, the outrageous last-minute and mysterious spiking of the Ashers appeal by the Attorney-General, the ongoing scandal of the Arlene Arkinson inquest with its incendiary allegations about the conduct of the police, the release after many futile months in detention of suspects held on the gravest terrorist charges, and, of course, the fiasco over the disposal of the remains of child killer and darling of the liberal classes, the late Robert Black.

Quite a menu for the outgoing Justice Minister to ponder over during his retirement. Which will be a novelty, since he didn't bother to ponder over any of it during his time in office.


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