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The truth about the Troubles can’t be reframed by the British government

Chris Donnelly


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Boris Johnson came in for criticism over the British government's amnesty plan for the legacy of the Troubles. Photo: Paul Grover

Boris Johnson came in for criticism over the British government's amnesty plan for the legacy of the Troubles. Photo: Paul Grover

Boris Johnson came in for criticism over the British government's amnesty plan for the legacy of the Troubles. Photo: Paul Grover

The Daily Telegraph newspaper in London reported last week that the British Government was planning on commissioning an official history of the Troubles. According to the article, this was being done “amid fears the narrative of the conflict is being distorted by republicans”.

This is a charge frequently returned to by both unionists and, periodically, British politicians, with the latter most likely to invoke it when cases emerge in the public domain relating to prosecutions of former British soldiers over killings during the conflict.


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