Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Jail Time For Murder - 30 Months
During the referendum campaign of 1998 Tony Blair weighed in behind the "Yes" coalition and in a key intervention at the Balmoral Show stated:
the only prisoners whose cases can even be considered by the Independent Review Commission are those belonging to organisations which are observing a total and unequivocal ceasefire
Now I understand that Mr Barret murdered as a member of the UDA. The latest IMC report comments on that organisations' current activities at paragraphs 2.26 to 2.28. Highlights include:
members of the UDA were responsible forand
the murder of Thomas Hollran on 18 February 2006
The UDAs' heavy involvement in crime, including drug dealing and blackmail, continues and in some parts of the organisationand
criminality can be described as endemic.
that it remains an active threat to the rule of law.
How does this square with the pitch Blair made for the "Yes" campaign in 1998?
Like so much of the process the line from spin into lie was crossed. Is it any wonder that an arrangement sold by deliberate misrepresentation now releases killers whose terrorist organisation remains active and fails to deliver stable devolved government?
I remember Tank Commander trying to get a press release together in the early hours of Good Friday '98 attempting to show that early release in the context of 50% remission wasn't a big deal. Oh, and that the unionist government had done the same after the "Border Campaign" so no need to worry.
Moral fudging even back then.
very strange and beyond accidental misinterpratation or misunderstanding, a misconstrument on this scale is simply purposeful propaganda, and close indeed to the inconsistancies of The Party.
I believe you may have lost the thread, just a little.