“part of a package of sweeteners from the Government to get terrorists to abandon criminality..”

We’ll find out later in the week whether or not Alan Murray’s prediction is correct – “NIO minister David Hanson is expected to announce employment legislation changes on Wednesday which will prevent employers from lawfully refusing to consider convicted paramilitaries for jobs on security grounds” – although it doesn’t sound as if those criminal records would actually be wiped.. just ignored. And whilst Alan Murray links it directly to other events, and David Hanson has today been making familiar noises about that issue, it’s worth recalling the Secretary of State for Wales etc’s previous comments on the past.From the Sunday Life article

NIO minister David Hanson is expected to announce employment legislation changes on Wednesday which will prevent employers from lawfully refusing to consider convicted paramilitaries for jobs on security grounds.

It is expected the changes will apply to the public and private sectors – but not be the security sector.

Hanson’s move is designed to assist loyalist paramilitaries in particular, part of a package of sweeteners from the Government to get terrorists to abandon criminality.

Hanson’s announcement will come just days before the UVF is expected to announce its intention to cease all paramilitary activities.

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  • The Dubliner

    Yup… it’s all part of the insidious process of inverting the moral compass of Northern Ireland’s citizens in order to convince people that the minority of violent criminal sociopaths whose pathological mental dysfunction allowed them to commit appalling atrocities against other citizens are actually “normal” people who simply planed the dismemberment of other human beings because that – aw shucks – was just what folks did back then. But we’ve all moved on now, and so that which we have moved on from (the murder campaign of said violent criminal sociopaths) is all behind us because we’ve granted said violent criminal sociopaths absolution and the sense of power over others that they murdered so many to attain. And sure, isn’t one lot as bad as the other… and the state too, so what right does anyone have to object to this perverted moral world where – as Bob Dylan said – “everything is a little upside down; what’s bad is good, what’s good is bad”? Only an infinitesimal fraction of citizens believe that murder gangs should be given political power in-order to encourage them to desist from murder – and that entire infinitesimal fraction of opinion is in this locality, where it was expediently manufactured.

    The tiny minority of people who committed the extremely violent acts against innocent civilians are not “normal” people. They are deeply disturbed sociopaths with no valid sense of right and wrong and with no conscience; and, as such, they are not to be trusted either in the workplace or in politics. No good can come from them.

  • Yokel

    Do they need to look for jobs anyway? Many of them have bigger cars and houses than me and they are on the dole.

    Must be those tax credits….

  • Utterly depressing. Not only must we endure the bitter taste of allowing these animals out of prison early, we also have to pretend we don’t know they did anything wrong in the first place? Eugh!

  • I should add, we’re supposed to be trying to attract employers here. If you were a multi-national looking to set up would you like the idea of being legally required to allow convicted bombers and murderers onto your staff? How do you think your employees would feel about it? Safe? Comfortable?

    It just goes to prove that ordinary people no longer matter; only those with the guns and the semtex.

  • Aaron McDaid

    This is a good idea. Remember the British Army and RUC had no problem finding or retaining employment.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Aaron McDaid: “This is a good idea. Remember the British Army and RUC had no problem finding or retaining employment. ”

    *sigh*

    Just another day at the monkey house…

    The Army and the RUC, as a broad rule, did not push drugs, commit random murder or extort shop-keeps, Aaron.

    If they wanted to be respectable and actually have an arguably legitimate role in the conflict, the Loyalists could have joined either the police or the army. They *CHOSE* not to and volunteered for drug-dealing, random murder and sectarian mayhem. Let them lay in the bed they chose.