As unpleasant and shitty though our government are, there are still organisations that fill me with even more disgust. The sinisterly-named Consultative Group on the Past (why not just go the whole hog and call them The Truth And Reconciliation Commission, eh?) have just booked themselves a place on my list of Truly Unpleasant Piece-of-Shit Groups, with this announcement.
The government is to be asked to pay £12,000 to the families of all those killed during the Troubles - including members of paramilitary groups.
The families of paramilitary victims, members of the security forces and civilians who were killed will all be entitled to the same amount.
The payment is expected to be recommended by the group set up to advise on how to deal with the past.
The Consultative Group on the Past is to publish its report next week.
If the recommendation is accepted by the government, the cost would be an estimated £40m.
The group, co-chaired by Lord Eames and Denis Bradley, is expected to say there should be no hierarchy of victims and that everyone should be treated in the same way.
That would mean the family of the IRA Shankill bomber Thomas Begley would receive the same for his death as those of the families of the nine civilians he killed.
Likewise, the families of two UVF members killed while they planted a bomb that also killed three members of the Miami Showband in 1975 will be entitled to the same payment as those of the victims.
You fucking what? Fuck you, Lord Eames, and fuck you too, Denis Bradley. Why the fuck should the families of terrorists get any of my fucking money? I could rant forever about this, but I shall hand you over to the eloquent stylings of the poor, little Greek boy instead...
The most obvious question, of course, is why the hell I should have to pay a brass farthing in compensation for the death of a terrorist. My concern about the growing encroachment of civil liberties, and my opposition to torture, is by now familiar (I hope) to anyone who comes back to this blog a few times; but let it be stated for the record that I carry absolutely no fucking guilt, regret or remorse over the gunning down over the years of all those shaven-headed knuckle-draggers from the UVF, IRA or any of the other acronym-happy arseholes who brought misery to that place for so long.
I'm all for "moving on", but we should never allow ourselves to forget that, with zero due respect whatsoever to Lord Eames and Denis Bradley, there is certainly a "hierarchy of victims" of the Troubles, and the thugs who targeted innocent civilians belong right at the fucking bottom of it. Let them all fester in unmarked graves, every last bigoted one of them.
Quite. Now, perhaps the Consultation on the Real Past (or whatever the fuck they are called) would like to recommend that the families of the Muslim 7/7 bombers should get precisely the same compensation as those of their 50-odd victims? Come on Eames and Bradley: why don't you come to London and propose that measure, you hideous fucking cunts?
Let me spell out a little message for the families of terrorists killed in the Troubles: your men were murdering gangsters, terrorists who thought nothing of drilling holes in people's kneecaps and shooting or exploding innocent people. They were scum and, if you yourselves had any honour, you would have expunged their names from your family trees.
Nor should their actions be in any way justified by the fact that stupid, evil fucking Americans helped to fund your relatives' murderous exploits (I wonder how many continued to do so after 9/11?); but, as my impecunious Athenian friend points out,
... if they're so committed to peace and reconciliation, why not get Sinn Fein to have a whip-round in the dingy republican bars of Boston to compensate the daughters of Erin for all the sons who never came home?
Quite. They shouldn't get a fucking penny of my cash: if the families of these scum want compensation, then I suggest that they turn to those who encouraged their husbands and sons in this murder—the guilty Americans and the fucking Republic of Ireland government.