“Patently unfair” ? Theresa, go back to the Brexit cock-up, please…

 

Sometimes you think British politicians just don’t get it. Either that or they’re brazen-faced liars when they get up to speak about our NEN and justice.

Theresa May was at it yesterday. “The situation we have at the moment is that the only people being investigated for these issues that happened in the past are those in our armed forces or those who served in law enforcement in Northern Ireland – that is patently unfair.”

Well it might be patently unfair if it was true, but it’s not. The PSNI figures contradict what May claims. So is she saying the PSNI are a bunch of liars?

When it comes to crime and punishment, the balance is indeed skewed – but skewed against nationalists and republicans. Think of the hundreds of nationaists/republicans who were interned during the Troubles. Think of the hundred of republicans who were sentenced and imprisoned. Think of the Diplock courts that sat without a jury. Think of the thousands of combined years that were served in prison by republicans, often on manufactured evidence. It is clear that, whatever their sins, republican paramilitaries are very, very familiar with the inside of prison cells.

Now think of the various killings by British soldiers. Start with the ten people gunned down in Ballymurphy in 1971, or the fourteen people who died because of British army violence on Bloody Sunday 1972 in Derry. How many of the soldiers involved have been sentenced and how long have they spent in prison for the slaughter of those innocent civilians? Or those who killed Aidan McAnespie or Julie Livingstone, or blinded Richard Moore? And then there are the many occasions, including Loughgall, when the British army could have arrested republican paramilitaries but preferred to shoot them dead. Then think of all the acts of collusion detailed in Ann Cadwallader’s Lethal Allies. How many British armed forces were punished for these actions? Thanks to Widgery and his chums, we know that investigations into deaths frequently fabricated lies about what happened, so that the victims were to blame and their killers were innocent as a child in the womb. There is a one-word answer to claims that some of the soldiers now being investigated have already been exonerated when investigated decades ago, and that’s Widgery. Lie heaped on lie to present the Parachute regiment as under threat from non-existent republican weapons.

So Theresa, go back and stare puzzled at the mess the Tories have made and are making of Brexit. And don’t accept figures from that parfit gentle knight Jeffrey : he looks as mild as skimmed milk but don’t forget, he ‘served’ in the UDR. Which reminds me: how many UDR men served time for crimes committed by that successor to the B Specials?

It may play on the heart-strings, the notion of  old pensioner British soldiers being dragged trembling from their retirement homes to appear in a court of law. But the many victims of British forces denied justice play a much sadder, near-despairing air.

 

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