Until now, I have refrained from commenting on the death of Martin McGuiness, the well-known mass murderer - OK, perhaps not 'well-known' because there's none so deaf, dumb and blind as those, and there are many of them, who are determined to ignore 'the bleedin' obvious'. However, today at The Coffee House there are two articles on the subject of McGuiness, and over at The Telegraph another one by a man who knows where-of he speaks - Lord Norman Tebbit.
To be fair to Stephen Paisley who offers an unconvincing shroud to partially cover the memory of a mass murderer, he makes no attempt to shield McGuiness from the crimes he committed but he maintains, in effect, that his reversion to a 'peace process' at the end absolves him of some of his sins.
McGuinness chose to sit down, make peace, and allow his legacy to take care of itself. He put the lives of his community ahead of the allure of ideological purity, set his course against every impulse and doctrine of his movement, and as a result Northern Ireland was able to move forward.
Total twaddle, as Lord Tebbit makes clear when he reminds us that the main motivation for McGuinness and his gangster buddies to cut a peace deal was to save their own necks!
The Army and our intelligence services had penetrated the IRA organisation right up to the governing Army Council. No one in that organisation knew who he could trust as a fellow terrorist, or who had been suborned and was a British spy.
McGuinness, himself, knew that there were several detailed police investigations into past murders, particularly that of Frank Hegarty, in which he had played a leading role. It was only a matter of time before he would be arrested and charged with murder and so, miraculously, the IRA decided to sue for peace. John Major, desperate to end his miserable era in an office which was forever over-shadowed by 'that woman', seized the proffered olive branch and agreed that the police dossiers on McGuinness would be 'disappeared'. Needless to say, his successor at No. 10, Tony Blair, even more eager to strut his stuff on the world's stage, continued the sell-out by ensuring that no IRA killers would ever face trial - but numerous soldiers and policemen would!
Douglas Murray describes the obituaries to McGuiness as being "morally illiterate". However, he hopes that now the psycho-killer is dead, perhaps the deeply buried files on his criminality will be resurrected.
As I pointed out in the Spectator six years ago, the British government somewhere has the files on McGuinness’s involvement in multiple murders, in particular his involvement in the killing of Frank Hegarty. The government of John Major deliberately ‘disappeared’ these files in order to pursue their negotiations with the almost defeated IRA (the now textbook example of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory). And as I imply in my book on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry there are many facts around McGuinness’s involvement on that and many other days which are yet to come out. They were never going to come out in McGuinness’s lifetime, but perhaps we can now hope that they will come out in ours.
Perhaps the least surprising obituary comes from that malignant pile of Scottish offal, Alex Salmond, who praised McGuinness as "a friend of Scotland". With 'friends' like that, who needs enemies and perhaps someone will ask Salmond how many Scottish soldiers were killed by McGuinness and his fellow psychos?