A BIg start
I'm delighted to see Gerry Adams & Co are going to meet the PSNI Chief Constable to discuss policing. This is a good move in the right direction. Also, an interesting comment from Adams: "We will also raise political policing and the need for clear proof that this has ended or will end, an end to plastic bullets and Sinn Fein is committed to law and order and proper and effective policing". Did you get that last bit? Nothing more, and nothing less, than the DUP is requiring to enable power-sharing.
Regulars here know I berate Sinn Féin for not taking their seats on the Local Policing Boards, thus denying their electorate a say in how policing is run. Gerry had encouraging words on that too: "Consequently, we are determined to ensure that the police service operates under the highest standards and is held to account through the most rigorous and efficient accountable and transparent mechanisms and we will also discuss collusion".
Both parts of this statement - the beginning of the first part and the end of the second - acknowledge feelings held deep within the Republican movement, and I think that's fair enough too, even though my personal view is that the issue of political policing is, in the main, a straw issue.
But maybe I, and you, need to keep an open mind.