So the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland wants an assessment of paramilitary activity.
Where to turn?
To MI5/PSNI of course, silly girl.
But no. Let’s have three Wise Persons. They will compile a report and all will be happy.
MI5/PSNI compile a report.
It is given to the Wise Persons, only one of whom has any experience of terrorism, crime or naughty people.
They read it, meet the authors, probe the authors, ask them for a bit more info and declare themselves happy.
Et voila! The report of the experts, the PSNI/MI5 is deemed good and accepted lock , stock and [missing]barrels.
Not a mention of Semtex.
Am I mad?
Answers on a postcard…