‘GOVERNMENT PANICS ABOUT THE PAST’ – By Brian Rowan

Bedfordshire Chief Constable Jon Boutcher ignored the advice to stay away from Northern Ireland; to stay away from the dark tunnels and tangled webs of its violent past. He has now assembled a team of fifty detectives. There is a London Headquarters for Operation Kenova and the Boutcher team has a constant presence in Northern…

‘Truth that Dare Not Speak its Name’ – By Earl Storey

“One of the roles of leadership is to tell your own people about the way things really are on the ground”. So said the cofounder of a multi million-dollar international company.   Although talking exclusively about business his words could just as easily apply to politics in our own community. Over the years leadership on…

‘THE SHIT KEEPS HITTING THE FAN’ – By Brian Rowan

  In the basement of Parliament Buildings, Wednesday, Jan 18, sitting with a few colleagues watching senior civil servant Dr Andrew McCormick give his evidence to the Public Accounts Committee, I uttered a swear word. It was an exclamation of shock at the detail of what was being said and heard. This committee shovelled deep…

‘GHOST TOWN’ – By Brian Rowan

What a difference a day makes. Think of the focus on Stormont just 24 hours ago – the watching cameras, the listening, the  recording and the writing up of the day’s events. Dramatic, different, some would say, defining. A day when the McGuinness resignation was underscored, emphasised, in the Sinn Fein decision, not to renominate…