St Patrick's Day disorder is not just a policing problem
The anticipated £100,000 bill for policing this year's St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast seems an extraordinary amount, especially when Chief Constable George Hamilton says that he is running out of money. It is even more extraordinary that the officer in charge, Superintendent Muir Clark, says he does not expect widespread disorder in the Holyland near Queen's, where there has been such bad behaviour in the past.
The hard truth is that this is not just a policing problem. The St Patrick's Day revellers are largely students from Queen's and Ulster University. Accordingly, both should be asked to shoulder some of the responsibility, and the cost.