The Saville Tribunal has finally reported after twelve years and some £200 million. The British Army stands guilty of the most heinous of crimes; slaughtering fourteen of it’s own citizens in cold blood. All were innocent, all were subjected to the disgrace of the Widgery Report of 1972 which deliberately tainted these people’s good names, and cause suffering to their families for thirty eight unbearable years.
Tony Blair deserves credit for starting the long and painful road to justice, as does David Cameron for his dignity and statesmanship whilst delivering his statement to the House this afternoon.
I observed the British Army at first hand in the 1980’s doing a horribly difficult job in awful circumstances on the streets of Ulster. David Cameron was right in his words of abject apology on behalf of the British people. I want to hear the same from the Para’s Commander in Chief "HRH Prince" Charles Windsor. But, this tragedy with its putrid and squalid background must not contaminate the present and pollute the future for the people of Northern Ireland. It must also be acknowledged that IRA activity provided the context for the soldier’s undeniably criminal behaviour.
Let’s hope everyone can move on and the echoes of history become ever more dim and distant in the coming years.