Politics: Taylor Slams Commission Itinerary; Anti-RUC Meetings Come under Fire
Pauley, Mervyn, The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
The Patten Commission on policing was under further fire yesterday - over its Province-wide plans for consultation meetings.
Ulster Unionist deputy leader John Taylor protested that the body "either by design or ineptitude" had arranged its itinerary in such a way as to hear mainly complaints against the RUC.
"In Co Down, the two large unionist towns of Newtownards and Bangor are relegated to short lunchtime meetings," he said. "In contrast, the smaller nationalist towns of Downpatrick and Newry are allocated full evening meetings.
"In Londonderry, the nationalist West Bank has an evening meeting but the unionist Waterside is limited to a short afternoon session."
The Strangford MP said the same applied to Co Antrim where the predominantly unionist town of Ballymoney was relegated to a lunchtime session while a full evening consultation had been lined up for Ballycastle.
There were also full evenings sessions in west Belfast, but so far no arrangements had been made "to listen to the law-abiding people of east Belfast". …