Thursday, November 24, 2005

OTR legislation - final comments

The legislation granting an amnesty to on-the-run terrorists was passed yesterday by the House of Commons with a sizeable majority, and I expect it will sail through the Lords too, get the royal seal of approval and become law. On this blog we look forward, not back, so it's something we're just going to have to live with, but I want to be clear to my readers on one thing: this was only done to appease the IRA.

Pressed during the Commons debate last night by Willie McCrea (for whom I have little time, but he put up a passionate and, I think, genuine performance), Tony Blur said he realised it was a hard pill to swallow, but that in politics "sometimes you have to make difficult decisions" - rhetoric cunningly designed to make opponents look as if they're just not brave enough to say yes.

In truth, this is saying to the IRA, the INLA, the UVF, the UFF, the UDA and the (few) murderers who sheltered behind the uniforms of the RUC, UDR, RIR and the British Army that if you terrorise hard enough, for long enough, the state will reward you for stopping. It's that simple.

The British government has given in to terrorism, fair and square, and no amount of swishy spin can change that. As Neville Chamberlain learnt to his shame, the truth is that appeasement doesn't work. Ever.


At 8:24 p.m., Anonymous levee said...

John: I totally agree. I saw on one of the front sheets today that Gerry Adams was kicking up stink about the addition of British police and soldiers. Hypocritical and blatantly ungrateful. Perhaps Blair & Co will remember this the next time they roll over for terrorists.

At 10:25 p.m., Blogger United Irelander said...


"I saw on one of the front sheets today that Gerry Adams was kicking up stink about the addition of British police and soldiers. Hypocritical and blatantly ungrateful."

Not to mention insulting. Are we supposed to believe that an intelligent guy like Adams is only now after realising that British State forces who engaged in the murder of Irish civilians will also get off?

He knew damn well what this legislation meant.

John, I admire your optimism but I'm finding it hard myself to be positive about things when so much seems to be going wrong right now.

At 11:01 p.m., Blogger B.U. said...

UI, I'm not really optimistic, I just think because it's a done deal we should cease dwelling on it and move on. But I didn't want to move on without stating the bare truth first. Chin up, BU.

At 3:16 p.m., Anonymous Aileen said...

There is very little chance that it will get through the Lords. Blair will have to use the Parliament Act. The Lords can and almost certainly will delay it for up to a year. Once it hits the statute books we will be off to the European court.

At 10:50 p.m., Blogger B.U. said...

Hello Aileen. Yes, I thought you might be looking Strasbourg-wards. Lots of anti-terrorism feeling in mainland Europe nowadays, and they'll be nonplussed to see Blair doing this 3 months after the London bombings. Bad publicity for someone who so obviously wants a big EU job next. After the memoirs at any rate. BU.


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