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Victims Commissioner reduced to bargaining chip

Sun 23 October 2005, 6:07pm

When the creation of a post of Victims Commissioner was first announced I noted that many people disagreed with the move. Today the Sunday Times and the BBC report that Peter Hain will announce tomorrow that Bertha McDougall is to be the first Victims Commissioner. But if the move to create such a post is wrong-headed, which I believe it is, then if this report, from the BBC, is accurate – “The appointment has been approved by the DUP, who see it as one of a number of confidence building measures for unionists.” – it can only compound that wrong-headedness.

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