Today a number of what are described as leaders within the Unionist community drafted together a form of words calling for an end to violence surrounding the Unionist protests. All well and good one would think. All hands on deck to stop the madness can't be a bad thing, can it?
If we anaylse that further , included in that is the approval of the UVF, the UDA and The Red Hand Commando. So what we have are illegal organisations giving disapproval to illegal activity. Bizarre to say the least. It does beg the question why these groups still exist. What is the purpose of their existence? Is it drugs and racketeering or is it simply to control communities to turn on and off the tap of sectarianism.
Further why have we had so little arrests and convictions of those who belong to these organisations. Isn't it time that leaders within Unionism ask themselves why these groups exist, who do they serve, how do they serve and how they turn the support away from them and ensure their kids are now directed into their hands. As long as these groups can turn the tap of sectarianism on and off and are provided with tacit approval by political unionism won't they continue to thrive, and fester in the scab of bigotry and sectarianism?
BBC News - Loyalist leaders call for end to "wanton destruction" in east Belfast