THE TIMES of London each day reproduces a piece from issue of a century ago. It has been doing this since at least 2014 and has revealed what it thought, or intended its readers to think a century ago.
Changes of fashion and technology, wars, insurrections, revolutions. Occasionally the paper criticised British outrages, such as at Amritsar in 1919, and the support of such outrages voiced in the House of Lords. It even, on occasion, criticised its friends, the Ulster Unionists. It even expressed concern (August 4 1920) on the (British) Government Bill for the Restoration of Order in Ireland:
“Frankly an extra-ordinary measure, (which) proposes, under the aegis of the Defence of the Realm Act, the Government should be enabled to abrogate trial by jury in Ireland and greatly to enlarge the existing powers of courts-martial. Under its provisions the Defence of the Realm Act would remain for a period, to which no limit has been set, a hateful intruder on the ordinary civil law. Such a Bill formally confesses the complete collapse of the Irish legal system. “
THE TIMES was writing of the collapse of the British legal system in Ireland when the Republican Courts set up by Dail Eireann were beginning to flourish.
The Editorial “A PILL FOR IRISH DISORDER” ends “The salvation of Ireland lies in a form of government under which Ireland becomes the responsible guardian of her own order, and her administration, whatever its form, has the sanction of the public will.”
In an exercise of Self-Determination in December 1918 in an election “recognised on all sides as a plebiscite” according to THE TIMES, Ireland had already established a government as the responsible guardian of her own order, and her administration, which had the sanction of her own wiil.
(There were no plebiscites in Palestine nor other territories seized from the Ottoman Empire, in Alsace or Lorraine, nor in the Mickey Mouse “Yugo-Slavia or Czechoslovakia” nor East Prussia. Ireland was the only country to establish a Government according to the professed principles of the victorious allies of the Great War).
But THE TIMES lately recorded the IRA’s taking of the RIC Barracks at Kilmallock, their disarming and release of British soldiers and RIC men, hunger strikes, the capture and escape of General Lucas.
THE IRISH TIMES, unfortunately hasn’t the bottle to reprint pieces they published a century ago. No bottle, but they have the wit to suppress it. It has published supplements, financed by the taxpayer to “commemorate” the years described without hyperbole, as “The Four Glorious Years” by Eamon de Valera.
Many of the pieces are worthless. Whilst the Offences Against the State Act remains on the Statute Book, those responsible for these and other travesties should be punished under it. Then they, and thatrelic of the Defence of the Realm Act should be consigned and confined in the rubbish bin of History