The Times of London, over two pages and ten columns recalled the life and times of Peter Carington (with but one “r”, known to the world as the 6th Baron Carrington (with two). Its Obituarist no doubt likes to demonstrate that he knows a Lord’s “Rs” from his elbow.
An improvement on the Obituarist of John Bruce Ismay in 1937 who failed to note that the recently departed had been the most notable surviving passenger, some 25 years earlier, of a boating accident. Ismay had at the time Chairman of the White Star Line, owner of RMS TITANIC. Neither the line nor the ship got a mention.
Most of Carrington’s Obituary is a paean to his modesty, courage, principle and honour. A paean In the double “Rs” if you don’t like But, mirabile dictu! The TIMES records –
“The blemish on Carrington’s record was Northern Ireland. He staunchly defended British soldiers who shot dead 13 unarmed civilians in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday in 1922, writing in his memoirs that ‘the troops made what in any other country would be regarded as a pretty restrained effort in defending themselves.’ That myth was debunked by the Saville inquiry in 2010, and for years the injustice served as a recruiting agent for the IRA. The previous year, 1971, Heath had introduced internment. British troops rounded up hundreds of IRA suspects one August night. Fourteen of them , later dubbed the Hooded Men, were tortured at a secret base……………in 1977 Merlyn Rees, the Home Secretary, wroteprivately to James Callaghan, the Prime Minister –‘it is my view that the decision to use methods of torture in Northern Ireland in 1971/72 was taken by ministers, in particular Lord Carrington ’ “
O Tempora! Bravissimo! Oh oh TIMES! Licensed, at last, to tell the truth?