Peter Reynolds

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The Bloody Sunday Inquiry

with 5 comments

A dreadful set of conclusions.  An appalling injustice.  A masterful performance by David Cameron.  It goes a long way to restore some faith in British justice after too many examples of it failing miserably.

Where from here?  Justice must be seen to be done which means that the families of those who were murdered are entitled to expect charges to be brought.  They are also entitled to damages from the British government.


This makes me ashamed of those who lost control on that terrible day 38 years ago.  It also makes me proud of my country that, eventually, justice has been done.

Truth is often best revealed through art.  I have always thought that the film “In the Name Of The Father” illustrates so well some of the evil and injustice that was perpetrated on the people of Northern Ireland.

In the end, Northern Ireland is a wonderful story of the triumph of good over evil and hope over despair.  Bloody Sunday is a terrible episode in this story.  Today those who fought for justice are vindicated and triumphant.  Those who died are heroes and martyrs to the peace that we now enjoy.  God bless them.

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  1. It’s taken so long to get the truth. Widgery was an insult and has now been finally consigned to the dustbin of history.


    June 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    • Peter,

      can you tell me your views on whether the victims and/or relatives of all the innocent people the IRA killed should now be able to look forward to an enquiry as expensive as Bloody Sunday and of course if the relatives of the Bloody Sunday victims are able to claim compensation then I assume the relatives of all the IRA attacks should be able to do the same?




      July 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm

      • Thanks for your comment. No I don’t think we should be financing ludicrously expensive enquiries at all, although what happened on Bloody Sunday was exceptional and I’m glad the truth came out in the end. I think the people who really bear responsibility for such enormous cost are Lord Widgery and the corrupt politicians at the time who conspired with him to deliver a dishonest report. They should all be in jail.

        As for compensation, I assume that all victims can claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation scheme. I don’t think the state should go any further than this. If the perpetrators of IRA or Loyalist attacks can be identified then I think legal aid should be available to sue them and/or their supporting organisations. Granting of such legal aid though has to be conditional on a reasonable prospect of being able to recover costs and damages.

        Peter Reynolds

        July 21, 2010 at 10:46 am

  2. Apart from perhaps getting the truth out of the extremely expensive bloody sunday enquiry what else has it achieved?
    Should the original soldiers who committed the acts be punished? Surely the blame cannot just lie with Widgery?


    August 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    • What else is there but the truth? I think that was a hugely important achievement. I doubt any prosecution could succeed. The blame for the cost and delay and denial of justice is entirely Widgery’s. He should turn over in his grave with shame. There can be no excuse for him.

      Peter Reynolds

      August 9, 2010 at 8:30 pm

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