The death of Constable Stephen Carroll in Craigavon is both a tragedy and stain on the veneer of this society.
Nevertheless, his family should know that, in at least one way, he did not die in vain.
His untimely death demanded that some people stand on unfamiliar ground.
I do not feel comfortable with the alleged past of Martin McGuinness.
However, any fair minded person would agree that he showed leadership and took risks with his ‘traitor’ reference to the perpetrators of the crime. Peter Robinson was temperate and measured in his comments. He too took on the leadership mantle.
Contrast this with the pathetic contribution of Jim Allister. He trampled on the grief of a widow and the sorrow of a young son to try to score cheap political points.
I trust the electorate remember this when it comes to the European elections.