Stonker said:western said:An artist, a poet and o politician he is not.
Nor, in the eyes of the law is he a criminal.
Don't take this to mean in any way that I am a fan.
And, yes I do remember him taking part in the '74 talks. I was off to Belfast for my first tour at the back end of that year - I was paying attention quite closely.
But just because you believe him to be a nasty bastard, you can't just top hiim, or any of his mates, is my message to Tropper and his ilk.
The biggest hits to the legitimacy of Brit rule and Brit justice in the latter half of the 20thC involved the freeing of folk after very lengthy periods doing porridge, after wrongly being imprisoned on the basis of dodgy or even trumped-up evidence.
Start killing folk just 'cos you don't like their opinions and you can't catch them in the act - and you're headed down a path trodden elsewhere by folk who greeted each other with a straight arm salute and quite liked the look of themselves in black uniforms with red and white trimmings.
My bold with pedant head on - Are you confusing dates / year? Adams was released from HMS Maidstone on 7th July 1972 to attend a meeting with Willie Whitelaw at Peter Channon's house in Cheyne Walk. Mc Guinness an up and coming star in the movement, attended with other soon to be well known gun men in this entourage.