Remember the Stockholm Syndrome when innocent people taken prisoner by villains, when rescued refused to give evidence against the villain, so close were the bonds forced upon them?
It seems to me that such bonds link Irish political, academic and media professionals/mercenaries to unreformed British blackguards.
I spend many months getting Britain’s Press Council to uphold a complaint of a lying front page article in THE TIMES. Following the extrajudicial execution by the SAS of unarmed Republicans in Gibraltar, Ireland’s then Foreign Minister, Peter Barry protested, but in doing so repeated the lie spread by THE TIMES. Peter Barry, at the time, was regarded by Republican leaning Nationalists, as the most acceptable face of Fine Gael.
I don’t know how representative of Irish opinion the letters in the newspapers printed in Ireland are.Nobody is driving a truck into Montrose, or the Newspaper Offices. Time was when a British Officer could win promotion for shooting journalists, including the Pacifist Feminist Francis Sheehy Skeffington. Skeffington was an uncle of Conor Cruise O’Brien.
I’m tempted to think that had Bowen-Colthurst instead shot the Cruiser’s father, he might have done a better service to posterity.