I am somewhat confused by the “much ado about nothing’ in relation to the ‘Ardoyne Panel’.
This Panel was announced by the Secretary of State in October 2014 to report in January 2015. No members of the Panel were appointed at that time.
The November edition of the Orange Standard proclaimed that “Rank and file members of the Institution are overwhelming[sic] pessimistic”. Then on the 2 December 2014 one of the Ligoniel Lodges came out against such a panel.
To complain now at this late stage that the Secretary of State broke her word is all the more confusing as the promised ‘graduated response’ of July 2014 also came to nothing.
Words like ‘kettle’ and ‘black’ come to mind.
This letter appeared in the Irish News and the Belfast Telegraph on 12th January 2015