I make no apologies for showing you a picture taken in 1972 after a number of bombs were detonated by the IRA in Belfast City centre. Soldiers first on the scene at The Bus Station found torso parts and entrails caught on railings. The IRA were responsible for those attacks and the loss of life and maiming of large numbers of innocent civilians and we must not forget that civilians were directly targeted.
I was most unhappy to read over the week-end that The Consultative Group on The Past is to make a proposal on Wednesday that the families of all those killed in 'The Troubles' should receive £12,000 compensation and that this could cost the tax-payer £40,000,000. They wish to include in this scheme the families of dead IRA members as they want to end the 'hierarchy of victims' on the basis that the pain of the bereaved is equal! It most certainly is not.
I wondered how the death of James Quigley, aged 18yrs, on the 29 Sep 1972 was regarded. If you 'Google' him in you find yourself looking at The Relatives for Justice site. They report him as being murdered by the British Army in an attic and that his body was thrown off the roof.
They fail to mention that he was an IRA volunteer armed with a Garrand rifle and clips of ammunition who had set himself up in a firing position to shoot at British soldiers responding to a bomb set off in a shop. His body was recovered from the roof and removed from the back of the premises carefully and into an Armoured Saracen Ambulance and rushed to The Victoria Hospital.
They also fail to mention that in the same incident Private Ian Stewart Burt, aged 18 yrs, of The 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment was shot dead by another sniper backing up Quigley's position.
I suppose, such is the way this country has descended into 'madness' in the past 11 years, that the compensation will be dished out to the families of terrorists. As tax-payers you might also be interested to know that the Tony Blair's nonsense of The Saville Inquiry, set up in 1998, is still going on and has so far cost you £182,000,000.