Politicians' tough stance temporary
Over the past few weeks we have been listening to various shades of unionism talking tough on their stance against IRA/Sinn Fein. While I would welcome a much tougher stance being taken, the whole issue has been farcical. While it is fair to say that some unionists seem to be playing hardball in politics, I suspect that this is aimed at next year's elections rather than really being tough with IRA/Sinn Fein.
In 1998, the UUP failed all innocent victims of the Troubles by supporting the Good Friday Agreement that opened the Maze gates, releasing murderers early and putting Sinn Fein into the heart of government without one weapon surrendered.
In 2007, again unionists appeared not to know or care that the IRA disbanded when they set up in shared government with Sinn Fein. I believe that when all the tough talking is over the UUP and DUP will undoubtedly surrender their newly adopted values and jump back in to bed with Sinn Fein in Stormont.