‘Worst betrayal of soldiers in the world’

Tory MP and former army captain Johnny Mercer

The current system of dealing with the legacy of the Troubles may be “the worst betrayal of servicemen by the political leadership of any country anywhere on Earth” an MP has claimed.

Tory MP Johnny Mercer, a former captain with 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery who served three tours in Afghanistan, made his claim after the Public Prosecution this week it is to prosecute David Holden, a then-18-year-old soldier, over the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Aidan McAnespie .

It happened at a checkpoint in Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, in 1988 as Mr McAnespie walked to a GAA match. The shots were fired shortly after Mr McAnespie walked through the checkpoint.

Mr Holden had said his hands were wet and his finger slipped on the trigger of his heavy machine gun. He was charged with manslaughter in 1988 but the charge was later dropped.

It is understood the decision to prosecute now hinged on the findings of a fresh ballistics report commissioned by the PPS.

Mr Mercer made his feelings on the treatment of veterans known in a column in the Daily Telegraph, under the headline: ‘The hounding of former servicemen for Troubles-related actions is a national shame.’ He said: “We continue to dance on the head of a pin on this issue, whilst yet another veteran is committed for trial on a historical allegation that has been investigated already and occurred over 30 years ago.

“It must end. We must find a way forward. The Iraq Historical Allegations Team that I campaigned against and eventually forced to shut, is now viewed as a catastrophic breakdown of the bonds between those who fight and their political masters.

“It was not that way at first. I was regularly dismissed in my efforts to expose the deep injustices in that process, and I am beginning to sense the same attitudes creeping back.” He added: “Let’s be clever.

A full scale ‘statute of limitations’ is too broad-brush. “But doing nothing – the de-facto position of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) when not under pressure – is not an option any more.” He said the government must now “re-apply” itself to this process and not cast it aside as being “too difficult” a task.

“It requires a whole of Government approach – the Attorney General, the Northern Ireland Office, the MoD and the Prime Minister. “Most of all we want ministers to show some leadership and ownership, and a relentless refusal to accept the status quo that prosecuting soldiers for historic issues is wrong.

“The current system is perhaps the worst betrayal of servicemen by the political leadership of any country anywhere on Earth, and it is happening in Britain today.”

In yesterday’s News Letter the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, Colonel Richard Kemp, said it was unfair to prosecute Northern Ireland veterans unless fresh evidence is uncovered.

To get some balance in legacy, the government should release information that links politicians to terrorism A former soldier is to be charged with manslaughter by gross negligence, in connection with the shooting of Aidan McAnespie at an Army checkpoint in 1988.

With many thanks to: The Newsletter for the origional story.

Principal disputes claim UDA flag erected ‘at entrance’ to Belfast primary school

One of the UDA flags erected in South Belfast in recent days.

A PRINCIPAL has disputed a claim that UDA flags have been put up “at the entrance” to a primary school.

Loyalist paramilitary flags have been erected in the Malton Drive area off Malone Road, close to several schools in south Belfast.

Among the UDA flags is one beside a school traffic warning sign on a lamppost along Finnis Drive.

Taughmonagh Primary School is at the end of the nearby Findon Gardens.

On Sunday, SDLP councillor Donal Lyons said “dozens” of UDA flags had been put up in the south Belfast area including “at the entrance to a primary school”.

“There can be no purpose in hanging these flags other than to glorify the terrorist acts of the past, and claim authority and control of an area in the present,” he said in a press release, which included a photo of the flag at Finnis Drive.

He added: “The fact that these UDA flags have been put up at the entrance to a primary school and outside the local community centre where young children will be forced to pass under them is particularly outrageous.

“There is no justification for these flags to be up and no reason that they should stay up.”

However Janet Douds, principal of Taughmonagh Primary School, branded the description of the flag’s location as a “complete fallacy”.

“The actual flag in question is on a school sign 0.2 miles from our school gates. It’s a generic school sign for all schools in the area which include Harberton Special School, Fleming Fulton, Oakwood and Glenveagh.

“The actual roadway up into my school is Findon Gardens, and there is not one single flag on that entire street – there’s nothing.

“As a school we are completely all-inclusive. We have Catholic parents who are more than happy to send their children here, and my fear would be that this would put other parents off.

“You have no idea how much this has annoyed our parents from both the Catholic and Protestant sides, because the parents know this is not a true reflection of what our school is and what it stands for.”

In response, Mr Lyons said: “I completely understand the school principal’s point and no school should have to get involved in a political matter of this type, which is why I didn’t single out any particular school.

“The fact is though that there are a number of schools in this area some of which have paramilitary flags at their school gates.

“The fact is also that the sheer number of paramilitary flags throughout Taughmonagh means that no child is able to go to school, use the playground or move around the estate without passing under the shadow of the UDA.

A UDA flag flying outside Taughmonagh Community Forum Resource Centre

With many thanks to: The Irish News for the origional story.

I picked this up from a loyalist website ‘freenations.net’ – The Alternative history of the North of Ireland from a Protestant point of view

PRSECUTION OF PROTESTANTS IN IRELAND: ETHNIC MYTHS AND EUROPEAN INTERVENTIONS

Persecution of Protestants in Ireland: Ethnic myths and European interventions
Persecution of Protestants in Ireland: Ethnic myths and European interventions
Posted By: Rodney Atkinsonon: July 05, 2017In: News Print Email
by Professor Arthur Noble

The Irish were not the original inhabitants of Northern Ireland, St Patrick was not Irish, the original Irish Christianity was not Roman Catholic and the biggest ethnic cleansing in Ireland was that of Protestants from Southern Ireland. As the EU tries to meddle in Northern Ireland during the Brexit process, many victimhood myths about Irish history and religion need to be strongly countered.

When the Irish Republic continues as an EU member after Brexit, it will retain what is the only land border with the UK. The EU is illegally interfering by tempting Northern Ireland with keeping its full EU membership on condition that it abandons the UK to become part of the Republic of Ireland; but Brussels must be totally ignorant of history or – to use the phrase which it disdainfully applied to Theresa May – must itself be living in another galaxy. The Northern Ireland Protestant majority would never vote to join a united Ireland, while surveys have revealed that support for it is waning further among the Province’s Roman Catholic minority,1 and 16% of the Sinn Féin electorate would not vote in favour of it either. (2)

From the Magna Carta through the Gunpowder Plot to Hitler’s Concordat with the Vatican, British history has been a constant struggle for freedom from the domination and jurisdictional claims of the Papacy, pursued through numerous plots and in various guises, and aided and abetted by the Southern Irish Roman Catholic State. The Reformation finally won for Britain liberty of faith and conscience, freedom of expression and freedom of the press; and when the principles of the Bible regulated all our actions and legislation, unparalleled social blessings and political greatness followed. The ensuing Williamite Revolution Settlement enshrined the Constitutional principle of the Monarch as Defender of the Protestant Faith.
Developments in Europe in the 20th century were not planned to end with merely economic or even political union. The ultimate goal was already revealed in the Papal encyclicals of Pius XII and John XXIII: Europe was to become “the greatest [Roman] Catholic superstate the world has ever known”. (3) The Vatican planned to give its ecclesiastical guarantee to this new Europe, which was to be the dynamic opposite of Churchill’s post-War vision of a democratic association of nation states.

The vicious campaign of lies, terrorist violence and denigration perpetrated against Ulster’s Protestant Unionist majority during the last decade of the 20th century was part of the Vatican’s plan for its envisaged Roman Catholic Europe. The ongoing campaign is currently being reflected in the vilification of the predominately Protestant-based Democratic Unionist Party for its support of Theresa May’s Conservative government. (But when their social Conservatism was mimicked by Angela Merkel in her vote against homosexual marriage she was not condemned because her aim is also the Vatican’s – a European Superstate)

From time immemorial the campaign was based on deliberate falsification of historical fact by the two traditional enemies of Northern Ireland – Irish Nationalism and the Roman Catholic Church. The Nationalists’ concept of ‘history’, fantasised by the rich Gaelic imagination and fused with the superstitions of the Roman Catholic Church, obscured historical truth and shrouded it in an aura of mystery and mysticism which was repeated so often that it came to be believed.

Nationalists portray the history of Ulster as having begun with the so-called ‘Plantation’ in the 17th century, when so-called Protestant ‘invaders’, described as British Protestant ‘colonialists’, are portrayed as having ousted the ‘original’ religion from the Island, which they claim was Roman Catholicism.

This is double nonsense: the original faith of Ireland was the pure, unadulterated Christianity preached by St. Patrick in the 5th century – Roman Catholicism was not known in Ireland until the 12th century; and those who came to the Island from Scotland and northern England during the ‘Plantation’ were the descendants of the original inhabitants of Ulster, expelled by the Irish invaders in the third century and returning to their rightful homeland.
Dublin’s historical myth

The Irish Government has stubbornly refused to acknowledge the historical truth that the Ulster Scots, not the Irish, were the original inhabitants of Ulster. Knowledge of this truth would quickly have put an end to Irish claims to jurisdiction over Northern Ireland.

The word ‘Ulster’ is derived from the name of a British tribe called the ‘Uliti’, who were first recorded by the geographer Ptolemy on the earliest known map of the British Isles drawn in the second century A.D. The map records that other British tribes such as the Pretani, from which the term ‘Briton’ is derived, constituted the dominant population in both Ulster and northern Britain in these ancient times. Hence the name ‘British Isles’. Not one single Irish name of any feature appeared on Ptolemy’s map.

Moreover, the Romans referred to the ‘Britannic Islands’: the smaller island was called ‘Little Britain’ and the larger Island ‘Great Britain’ (the latter designation having originally nothing to do with military or other greatness). The Irish did not arrive until the third century A.D., and it was they who originally ‘colonised’ Ulster, launching an attack under Queen Maeve from their Midland Kingdom of Meath against the north-eastern Uliti, many of whom fled to Scotland from the Irish Gaels (a name which means ‘bandits’). When the Ulster Scots returned during the ‘Plantation’, they were coming back to the land from which they had been ousted by the Irish.

The Vatican’s historical myth
St. Patrick was not Irish at all. Nor was he a Roman Catholic. He was British, born about 389 AD in the Severn area and abducted as a teenager by Irish marauders, who brought him to Ireland and kept him in captivity for six years. His Confession, reflected in the Book of Armagh, also known as the Codex Ardmachanus, exposes the mythical fantasy surrounding his life. The Roman Catholic hierarchy falsely calls him the ‘Apostle of Ireland’; but Christianity had been known for at least 200

With many thanks to: Freenations.net for the origional story.

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Don’t be fooled it’s business as usual on our streets.

PARAMILITARY PEACE PROMISE ALL HOT AIR

THE absurdity of Monday’s announcement that loyalist paramilitaries are now fully supportive of the rule of law will not be lost on those who know the nature of the beasts.

Simply being a member of the UDA, Red Hand Commando or UVF is enough to put you behind bars for up to 10 years – not that anyone in authority seems to care. If we are to take ageing terror chiefs Jackie McDonald and Jim Wilson at face value you can expect to see the membership of these organisations dramtically decrease, because, according to Jackie, those involved in criminality are “masquerading as loyalists” and will be expelled. He’s said it before, yet the organisation he heads continues to be deeply involved in the drugs trade, extortion – of which Jackie is a bit of an expert – punishment attacks and putting people out of their homes.

CONCERNED

There was an air of desperation about Monday’s announcement. The flow of cash from the public purse has continued, against the better judgement of many people who are rightly concerned at the over-indulgence of illegal organisations who have been too slow to move with the times. But there is now a real threat to the liberty of many of the men under McDonald’s command.

The paramilitary Crime Task Force has been slowly turning the screw, targeting the UDA’s criminal endeavours on the Shankill and more recently in North Down. Arrests are being made and charges pressed.

Stringent conditions governing the release of grants threaten to slow the cash flow, and we all know there’s nothing like putting liberty at stake and cutting the cash to focus the mind of a loyalist paramilitary. It would be wonderful to think there is a genuine desire to move away from criminality and there is no question there are many, many veteran paramilitaries who have turned their backs on their organisation, appalled at their involvement in drugs.

Equally there are many paramilitary leaders who continue to grow fat on the proceeds of organised crime – don’t expect that to change. Monday wasn’t a red letter day. No one doubts the sincerity of the church leaders and community activists who helped ‘broker’ this week’s announcement, but away from the hallowed walls of the Linen Hall Library it was business as usual.

A death threat issued against a journalist, a man lucky to be alive when shots were fired as he walked the streets of north Belfast, a show of strength in Bangor and a hoax pipe bomb thrown through a window of a family home in Ballymoney. It will take more than the pious words of Jackie McDonald and Jim Wilson to convince anyone that after all these years they are finally going stright.

With many thanks to the: Sunday World and Richard Sullivan for the origional story.l

TIME TO FACE FACTS, WILLIE

Wullie Frazer

MY old buddy Willie Frazer has taken exception to a two-part feature I did recently on the loyalist murder machine known as the Glenanne Gang.

Wullie Frazer’s father Bertie, was gunned down by the IRA at a farm near Whitecross in South Armagh.

He is particularly upset about things I wrote about his father Bertie, a part-time soldier in the UDR who was callously gunned down by the IRA in the 1970s.

And now Willie has challenged me to a public debate about what really happened in South Armagh. I’ll tell you what really took place in South Armagh, Wullie – there was no law and order because too many members of the security forces were in cahoots with loyalist paramilitaries.

My two-part feature was compiled after extensive research and lengthy discussions with government investigators and police and army sources. Local people from right across the religious divide were also consulted, including Willie Frazer himself. Willie (pictured above) appears incapable of acknowledging the fact that in South Armagh, there were close contacts with between British Military Intelligence, the local RUC and UDR, and the Mid-Ulster UVF.

When the Provos blew up the UDR base in Glenanne, killing several soldiers, the British point-blank refused to provide money to rebuild it. It is the only UDR base in the North of Ireland which was never rebuilt.

We have to ask ourselves why? I’ll tell you why. It was because the UDR regiment based there had been heavily infiltrated by loyalist paramilitaries. There is ample evidence to back this up.

As my friend, the author and journalist Martin Dillon said this week, perhaps Willie and I would be better off debating whether he needs a hairstyle makeover!

With many thanks to the: Sunday World and JORDAN Email: hjordan.media@btinternet.com

 

To find out more follow these links: https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/ira-men-apologise-for-frazer-father-s-murder-1-3965445

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/willie-frazer-after-dad-s-murder-mum-stopped-us-taking-the-law-into-our-own-hands-1-6930401

Boris Johnson likens the Irish border challenge to London congestion charge.

 

Johnson compares Irish border with London boroughs

Boris Johnson has likened the challenge of avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland to the boundaries between different boroughs of London.

The foreign secretary said it was a “very relevant comparison” because money was “invisibly” taken from people travelling between Camden and Westminster when he was London mayor.

London’s congestion zone charge does not involve manual checks.

Labour said his comments were “typically facile and tactless”.

Coveney ‘of one mind’ with EU negotiators
The future of the Irish border after Brexit has been a key sticking point in talks so far.

The UK plans to leave the EU’s customs union but wants to avoid border posts and physical checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Mr Johnson, a former London mayor, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme there were “all sorts of things you can do” to achieve this.

“We think that we can have very efficient facilitation systems to make sure that there’s no need for a hard border, excessive checks at the frontier between Northern Ireland and the Republic,” he said.

“There’s no border between Islington or Camden and Westminster… but when I was mayor of London we anaesthetically and invisibly took hundreds of millions of pounds from the accounts of people travelling between those two boroughs without any need for border checks whatever.”

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Boris Johnson said the London congestion zone was “very relevant” to the Brexit debate about Northern Ireland
He added: “It’s a very relevant comparison because there’s all sorts of scope for pre-booking, electronic checks, all sorts of things that you can do to obviate the need for a hard border to allow us to come out of the customs union, take back control of our trade policy and do trade deals.”

But Labour’s shadow Northern Ireland secretary Owen Smith dismissed the comments as “ludicrous”.

And he accused Mr Johnson of “glibly dismissing the concerns of thousand of families and businesses who live and work along the border”, adding that his remark “insults the intelligence of all who are worrying about how to resolve the border question after Brexit”.

The first draft of a legally-binding agreement between the UK and the EU, due to be published on Wednesday, is expected to address the issue of Northern Ireland.

The Dublin government says the option of Northern Ireland staying in full regulatory alignment with the European Union after Brexit should be included as a “backstop” – but this is opposed by some Conservative MPs and the Democratic Unionist Party.

Meanwhile former World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy argued that whatever Brexit option was chosen “will necessitate a border” between Northern Ireland and the Republic, because checks will have to be carried out on goods and people.

Instead he suggested to the Commons Brexit committee a “Macau option” for Northern Ireland.

“You should think about giving to Northern Ireland the same autonomous trade capacity that China has given to Macau, which doesn’t mean that Macau doesn’t belong to China,” he said.

With many thanks to: BBC England for the origional story.