Freedom Of Information Act

The Times today reports on the first documents released under the Freedom Of Information act. Contrary to popular belief, and Gerry Adams’ writing, it seems that the decision to let hunger strikers die had been taken as far back as December 1975, as Officials foresaw the 1981 Hunger strikes.Whitehall’s secret plan to let the IRA hunger strikers die.

Also revealed is that passports for travel between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK were proposed by six MPs including Ian Paisley, Enoch Powell, William Whitelaw and James Molyneaux, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, as the Government prepared to update its Prevention of Terrorism Act in January 1976. The Act, which was first passed as a response to the Birmingham bombings of November 1974, had to be renewed every 12 months to continue as law.

  • ulsterman

    Well at least the 1975 officials had a bit of sense. The only way to stand up to terrorists is by brute force.

    The fact that only ten chose to starve themselves to death will always be a sad regret for me.

    God Save The Queen.

  • willowfield

    A foolish policy. The hunger-strikers should have been force-fed.

  • idunnomeself

    I don’t think this release has anything to do with freedom of information Ambrose?

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Hilarious to think that such was the esteem of the British Government of the day that one of their ex employees, part time cannibal Idi Amin offered himself as an honest broker during the UWC strike. You couldn’t make it up.

  • D’Oracle

    ..still more Shinner talk here..but whats this..God save the Queen.. I asked you ulsterman some weeks back why you think she needs saving and divine intervention, as in ‘whats she been up to then’ but not as much as a peep since then.

    Ulsternman ; The 81 officials were essentially the same as the 75 ones; just six years of superannuation more expensive but clearly no wiser for that!

    Pat, The Idi Amin bit(e?) was one of the few hilarious things in the whole sad affair