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The Brighton Bomber

#1
This article is from the Daily Mailaise [sic] :-

Brighton bomber Patrick Magee provoked fury last night after he used a reception in the House of Commons to parade his lack of remorse at the atrocity.

The former IRA terrorist claimed that the actions of the paramilitary group were no different from those of the British Army.

And he insisted he had no option but to pursue a path of violence.

Senior Tories last night branded his comments 'grotesque' after he equated 'the burden' of killing innocent civilians in terrorist attacks to that of soldiers fighting for their country in Afghanistan.

Magee, once the IRA's top bombmaker, was feted at an event in Parliament to mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing, which was designed to kill Margaret Thatcher, who celebrated her 84th birthday yesterday.
grand hotel

The Grand Hotel in Brighton, following the IRA bomb blast

The organisers on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues stressed the meeting was designed to promote reconciliation over the bomb blast that killed five people.

But asked whether he had sought forgiveness for his crimes, Magee said: 'Why would I ask for forgiveness? I did what I did in full conscience.'

Magee spoke alongside Jo Berry, daughter of MP Sir Anthony Berry, one of those killed by the bombing of the Grand Hotel at the 1984 Conservative Party conference.

But Lord Tebbit, the former Cabinet minister whose wife Margaret was paralysed in the attack, said: 'I don't believe that he is an agent of reconciliation.

'He has expressed no remorse. The world is full of mugs and he's found some here.

'Magee is still triumphalist about what he did. He didn't kill the prime minister but he came close and he is proud of it.' Magee was given eight life sentences in 1986 for the Brighton bomb and other offences, with a recommendation he serve at least 35 years.

He was released in 1999 under the Good Friday Agreement, having served just 14 years.

Tory MP Patrick Mercer, a former army colonel with nine tours of Northern Ireland behind him, said: 'It is both wrong and unacceptable to suggest the conduct of the IRA had the same legitimacy as that of the British Army. That is disgraceful.

'It is patently nonsense to suggest there was no way to bring about change without violence. There were others who took the political option and whose moral courage ultimately led to the peace process. To equate the murder of civilians with deaths in war is simply grotesque.'


Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes, chairman of the cross party group, stressed that the 'sensitive and difficult' decision had been taken unanimously by MPs from all parties.

'Our business is to enable discussion of difficult issues,' he said. 'I was an MP when the Brighton bomb occurred. For me and others this is not history, it's personal experience.'

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Is there any one outraged by Patrick Magee's appearance and statements at a 'reception' in the House of Commons? I suspect he was one of the ones set free in accordance to the 'Good Friday Agreement'.
 
#3
Fu ck a stoat! I am staggered that the twat was invited to parliament in the first place. One hopes that it was so that Schweppes can update their profile on the cnt with a view to liquidating him in the near future!
 
#4
To be honest, I'm surprised that he wasn't invited sooner. If there is one thing this government loves to do, it's to kick it's servicemen in the nuts.

They haven't gone away you know.
 
#5
none of the above surprises; makes it no less annoying though - these K-U-N-T-S in power are doing what it says on the tin - part of the pandora's box that was opened when they were elected :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
 
#6
"If there is one thing this government loves to do, it's to kick it's servicemen in the nuts."

Correct sir and they are doing all they can to delay the report of That Sunday in Londonderry, perhaps until they next government is in.

john
and of course as you say

"They haven't gone away you know."
 

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#7
Technocratic_Turbine said:
This article is from the Daily Mailaise [sic] :-

But Lord Tebbit, the former Cabinet minister whose wife Margaret was paralysed in the attack, said:
'He has expressed no remorse. The world is full of mugs and he's found some here.

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Nail hit squarely on the head for me
 
#8
afcass said:
To be honest, I'm surprised that he wasn't invited sooner. If there is one thing this government loves to do, it's to kick it's servicemen in the nuts.

They haven't gone away you know.
The Government had nothing to do with inviting Magee to Westminster - it was done by an independent All-Party Working Group in conjunction with a charity.
 
#10
'Our business is to enable discussion of difficult issues,' he said. 'I was an MP when the Brighton bomb occurred. For me and others this is not history, it's personal experience.'
What is there to discuss? Magee was a murdering Fenian scumbucket and he still is.

End of.
 
#11
Magee, once the IRA's top bombmaker, was feted at an event in Parliament to mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing, which was designed to kill Margaret Thatcher, who celebrated her 84th birthday yesterday.
My bold.

Real Politic by decision makers cooled The Troubles, like it or hate it.

This is just self-aggrandizing froth from the commons herd.

B
 
#13
How very New Labour, a man sentenced to 35 years minimum life sentence, released after serving 13, just over 1/3 of his mandatory sentence, for an offence which in the past has been punished with death (Guy Fawkes et al).

The fact that this piece of terrorist scum is breathing offends me, that he has tasted the air inside the Houses of Parliament that he tried so avidly to destroy rubs salt into the wounds inflicted from 40 years of terrorism which has destroyed lives.

At a minimum we should expect him to die in prison. Thankyou Mr Bliar.
 
#14
Having spent a short time working as a university lecturer, I care passionately about ensuring high standards of argumentation in public debate.

Magee claims that the actions of the PIRA cannot be morally distinguished from those of the British Army. I feel this is a point worth exploring further.

In the interests of promoting a keener understanding of accurate argumentation, I should like to task a Research Assistant to take a Black & Decker, drill holes through both Magee's kneecaps, and then ask him if he still could see no difference between the British Army and the PIRA.

No need to murder members of his close family, obviously, because we need to keep some sense of proportionality in our efforts to educate Magee into more rigorous ways of thinking, but it would be interesting to know if Magee would revise his intellectual stance in the light of our little experiment.

Or perhaps he thinks the British Army regularly drilled holes in people's kneecaps? Once people reach a sufficient level of bigoted self-delusion, there's absolutely no telling what tosh they will claim to believe.

All the best,

John.
 
#15
This cannot coma as a surprise to anybody. If you give in to terrorist demands and release hundreds of murderers then allow them into government what do you expect?
 
#17
Has he expressed remorse over the deaths and suffering he caused? If not, then nobody should even contemplate treating him as anything other than a vile murderer.

No forgiveness without remorse - and WTF was anyone doing inviting him to parliament?
 
#18
Wish this bastard and a fair few more of his "comrades", had joined Thomas Begley (one of the shankill bombers), 6ft under in lots of f***ing tiny pieces.
Nothing but scumbag B******.
One mans terrorist is now in the eyes of the British Government, a SAINT
 

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