Arlene Foster's political obituary has been written many times since 2017. That obituary has remained pretty constant though. Arlene Foster will be remembered for her lack of grace, lack of generosity, lack of manners and lack of political vision. Her resignation speech on sharing space is breathtakingly oblivious to her own legacy.
A letter by four former secretaries of state urging Boris Johnson to "step up" and regain the political initiative here to prevent further loyalist violence doesn't amount to "a hill of beans", Jim Allister has said.
The letter from four former secretaries of state for Northern Ireland, former chief constable Sir Hugh Orde and former Church of Ireland primate Lord Eames which we report on today is significant. Nine signatories in all have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to do more to defuse the worrying situation which has been allowed to fester here since the beginning of the year after the Northern Ireland Protocol came into force. When such public figures are so concerned to put pen to paper it merits attention.
Four former secretaries of state and an ex-PSNI chief constable have voiced serious concern about loyalist violence and are calling on Boris Johnson to "step up" and take urgent action to regain the political initiative in Northern Ireland.
Boris Johnson’s pledge to end Irish Sea trade barriers has been branded as “disingenuous” by the Alliance party, which has warned that making “false promises” will only inflame the situation in Northern Ireland.
Loyalist demonstrations against the Northern Ireland Protocol were suspended following the death of Prince Philip. It would have sat uneasily with the wider loyalist community for young protesters to be in nightly confrontation with the Crown forces at a time when the royal family was in mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh. Now, the protests are set to resume today.
There was only relatively minor trouble on Friday night as loyalists for the most part wisely paused their protests after the death of Prince Philip. Lobbing petrol bombs at police in Northern Ireland wouldn't be a good look as the Queen prepares to bury her husband.
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