Whilst here in Belfast the news has come that the Loyalist Volunteer Force are standing down. I'll be honest in that I can't remember what the LVF stands for that makes it distinctive from the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Ulster Defence Association. And the local press seems to think this action is motivated more by a desire to end a feud with the UVF than with concern for peace in the province.
Still it means that one less set of guns are firing. At a time when many in the Unionist community are growing increasingly restless, as shown by the LoveUlster movement, it is essential that loyalist terrorists do not begin a new bloodbath. Now let's hope the UVF and UDA follow the IRA and LVF and bring permanent peace a step closer.