Matt Baggott has arrived fresh from England to his new job, as Chief Constable of the British Militia in Ireland. He has been welcomed with open arms by the main political parties including former comrades in the Provisional Movement.
He was also interviewed for the job by Constitutional Nationalist politician Alex Maskey.
The new boss of the Loyalist paramilitary group known as the RUC/PSNI also had the privilage of getting mentioned in the Constitutional Nationalist rag An Phoblacht! (oh how times have changed)
In An Phoblacht they speak of Matt Baggotts "impressive array of policing credentials" and his "impressive CV".
What they failed to mention in An Phoblacht was the fact that when he was chief constable of the Leicestershire police force, Matt Baggott oversaw the introduction of plastic bullets to the region and he was also in support of Internment in the form of 90 day detention!!!!
The force that he was previously in charge of Leicestershire police is being partly blamed for the death of a woman and her daughter.
Fiona Pilkington killed herself and her daughter Francecca Hardwick in 2007 after repeatedly asking for help with bullying and anti social behaviour.
éirigi's Breandán MacCionnaith issued the following statement on the issue: “Regardless of who is in charge of the PSNI, the British government will ensure it remains a paramilitary militia with the primary aim of protecting the occupation of the Six Counties.
Mac Cionnaith continued: “These revelations raise serious questions of the constitutional nationalist politicians who interviewed Matt Baggott before he took the job. Were they aware of Baggott’s history? Did they take the time to find out? Did they ask him his opinion on plastic bullets and 28-day detention? The fact these politicians thought Baggott was a suitable candidate points to either willful ignorance or connivance at the policies of repression. “Matt Baggott is yet another English functionary, sent to Ireland to protect the British occupation. During his time here, he will obviously use every repressive means at his disposal to do that job. That is the last thing that Ireland needs.”
There is no better person to oversee the British Militia in Ireland, a trigger happy Englishman who is fully behind Internment and is accountable to no-one.
No better man to keep the croppies down