Tuesday 11 April 2023

It's People

Boyne Square, Larne, County Antrim. 

When you see it.

As Freddie Scappaticci dies, Derry Boys who have probably never heard of him are throwing petrol bombs at the Police. The United Kingdom is going to be the worst-performing economy in the G7 this year, so a lid needs to be kept on any popular dissent. It is time for a security emergency, thanks to one or both of the Loyalist paramilitaries and the dissident Republicans. If those did not exist, then our rulers would have to invent them. And at different times, those did not used to exist.

Republican and Loyalist paramilitaries have always been heavily involved in traditional organised crime in general, and in drug-dealing in particular, leading to generations of professional and social interaction of the kind that also takes place routinely among, for example, rival Mafia families, as well, as of course, the sort of merciless bloodshed that goes on in that world.

There has never been any secret that the Loyalist organisations were off-the-books arms of the British State, while the old IRA was also riddled from top to bottom with Police informants, MI5 assets, and so on, as was the Real IRA, and as at least has been the much older Continuity IRA, which goes back to the split over abstentionism in 1986. The recent documentaries about David Rupert, and about "Robert" by the superlative Peter Taylor, undeniably broke ground, and were a reminder of how good the BBC could be, but they could not have surprised anyone.

And early last month, four Protestants, at least one with known Loyalist paramilitary connections, were arrested in relation to the attempted murder of Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell, for which the New IRA had already claimed responsibility. There has always been a school of thought that the New IRA was a false flag operation. There has never been any doubt as to the true nature of the likes of the UDA, the UVF, and Ulster Resistance, which provided the then Queen's Government with confidence and supply from 2017 to 2019. Across that ostensible divide, it is all heating up over there just as it is all threatening to heat up, by our standards, over here.


  1. Stakeknife was a walk-in which is unusual. He was originally a RUC special branch asset but went to work for the FRU because he was sickened by the sectarian attitudes of RUC officers.

  2. Did Jim Shannon the DUP MP steal blowpipe missile parts from a TA base in Newtownards?
    Which Loyalists were later caught trying to sell to a South African Spy in a hotel room in Paris?

  3. What is Sammy Wilson’s big secret? A section has been redacted from a NIO personality paper and is covered by the 30 year rule

  4. There was the 1985 attempted coup by Ivor Bell against Adams leadership. Bell and his fellow plotters were expelled from the organisation. Bell and others thought Adams spent too much money on fighting elections and not enough on arms.

  5. All well-known forever, yet all now oddly hard to track down online. Something is going on.