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Sinn Fein were in the wrong but anger over Storey funeral misdirected at PSNI

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No real apology: Michelle O’Neill at the funeral of Bobby Storey

No real apology: Michelle O’Neill at the funeral of Bobby Storey

No real apology: Michelle O’Neill at the funeral of Bobby Storey

The iron law of Ulster Unionist politics is that sectarian solidarity ultimately trumps everything else. So, in accordance with that commandment, after delaying for two whole days, the Ulster Unionists joined all the other unionist parties in demanding the resignation of Simon Byrne, the Chief Constable of the PSNI.

In doing so, Sinn Fein must have given a huge sigh of relief, as the unionist parties had wrongly focussed their collective ire not on Sinn Fein's outrageous misbehaviour at the Bobby Storey funeral, but at the Chief Constable. It is a classic case of firing at the wrong target.

In attempting to justify the UUP's sudden change of heart, its leader, Steve Aiken, in a cringe-worthy interview on the Nolan Show, dismally failed to explain their sudden challenge to the Chief Constable's continued leadership.


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