Saturday 17 March 2018

Another lurch into the grotesque, peace-process surrealism we've got used to over the years

The proposal from Lord Eames and Denis Bradley to give the relatives of the Northern victims of the Troubles £12,000 each (including families of dead paramilitaries) is merely another way of saying "I feel your pain", in £ signs.

Other people's pounds, naturally: for spending government money to 'solve' insoluble problems is a habit we've got into in Ireland over the past 20 years or so. Indeed, one could argue that the Bradley-Eames initiative doesn't go far enough.

Since by their logic, with paramilitaries as much victims of the Troubles as the people they've killed, is it not only right that paramilitaries who have been imprisoned -- and are therefore also victims -- are given compensation as well?

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