Shady McGrady

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE One of the more memorable lines from David Lynch’s Blue Velvet – perhaps because the film contains so few – is Isabella Rossellini saying: ‘You put your disease in me’. That was of course a reference to rape. So why am I reminded of that line when reading less poetic ones in newspapers detailing the National Trust’s – more leap than lurch … Continue reading Shady McGrady

Time to Neutralise the HIU

BY JAMIE FOSTER Senior Tories are demanding that Boris Johnson cut the powers of a historic investigations unit (HIU) as part of his deal to get power sharing back on at Stormont. The unit is tasked with investigating the deaths caused by the British Army during the troubles. There are real concerns that the unit will investigate all 302 deaths caused during the period. Tory … Continue reading Time to Neutralise the HIU

Blair’s Unjust Legacy

BY JAMIE FOSTER Boris Johnson writes in the Telegraph this week about the nauseating unfairness of the contemplated trial of four ex-servicemen over allegations arising out of Bloody Sunday when the Good Friday Agreement means IRA killers get away Scot free. He is keen to point out that it is not merely because it happened 47 years ago nor that it involves people sent out … Continue reading Blair’s Unjust Legacy

Leave British Soldiers Alone

BY JAMIE FOSTER It appears that the government is backing away from an amnesty for service personnel who may be accused of committing offences during the Northern Irish troubles. Senior Tory MPs had proposed a statute of limitations to prevent anyone having served during that time being prosecuted. Following concerns voiced by victims groups, Sinn Fein, the DUP and the Irish government, it would appear … Continue reading Leave British Soldiers Alone

Decorate Not Investigate

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Despite vicissitudes, the Good Friday Agreement settled in Belfast on Good Friday, on the 10th April 1998, has lasted well. If it can persist for a couple more generations, then perhaps those still restless characters in the Republic and in Northern Ireland can get accustomed to peace-driven progress and put the tragedy of past troubles behind them for good. Ugliness has surfaced … Continue reading Decorate Not Investigate