“There is no worth in a half-truth process”

I had mentioned the absence of confirmation from the Secretary of State for Wales, etc, on the ‘dealing with the legacy’ review.. and now “an informed source” has told Brian Rowan, in the Belfast Telegraph, that we’ll hear something in the next fortnight. In the meantime that same informed source says that two members of the “study group” will be Lord Eames and Denis Bradley. Now, I don’t want to prejudge what is supposed to be an 18 month review.. but that particular news doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence..Also in the Belfast Telegraph report

Lord Eames and Denis Bradley – a former vice chairman of the Policing Board and once part of a secret link between the republican leadership and British Government – are expected to be part of a wider ‘team’.

Within a pre-set time frame, the team will explore whether there is a consensus on how best to address the issue of the past.

“It will be a big conversation,” a source with knowledge of the project told the Belfast Telegraph.

He said the group would have a “blank sheet” – there would be ” no pre-determined outcomes”.

“It is trying to find [if there is] a consensus. Is there a consensus out there on how best to take the past forward? It is as simple and as complex as that,” the source added.

Existing public inquiries and other investigations into past killings will continue as the new study group carries out its consultation.

A consensus? Here?

And Brian Rowan gives his reaction, and adds some questions

Much of the past, the conflict, the war, was hidden in a thick fog. There is stuff we were never meant to see.

And a judgment the Eames-Bradley team will have to make is how much of the truth will be made available.

There is no worth in a half-truth process – no point in this if some of the sides stay away.

It should be all or nothing.

Collusion is a big stick to beat the police and Army with – and there was collusion, but our war had many sides.

Who will explain the orders and the actions of the IRA, the UVF, the UDA and all those other republican and loyalist organisations?

What about those in the most senior positions of paramilitary leadership who were in the pay of the Special Branch and the Security Services?

What side of any truth table will they sit at?

There is some of this that will never come out ? can never come out ? because it would cause turmoil in the peace process.

Would any of us be surprised if at the end of their consultation Lord Eames and Denis Bradley conclude that we may get some more of the truth ? but we won’t get all of it.

There is stuff that will be forever hidden in the darkest of places.

Hidden.. and intended to be by-passed..

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  • Grizzle

    Pete

    What are this consultion going to reveal or find that hasn’t already been revealed or found before. The SofS is using a stalling tactic. It will take 18 months to reveal that a type of TRUTH COMMISSION is needed. Then there will be another 18 month consultation how the make up and how this TRUTH COMMISSION should work and then another 18 months to get it of thed ground, and by that time a lot of people who could contribute won’t be alive. For that matter Hain could have popped his cork.

  • mike

    It will be interesting to read the ‘TERMS of REFFERENCE’ laid out to see whats covered and whats not covered.
    Hain only give the intrim Victims Commissioner 4 key areas in the Terms of Refference for that report and oddly enough the report was named ‘Dealing with the Legacy of the Past’
    I wonder just how different this will be from this new consultation wshich is going to take 18 months to complete.

  • Pete Baker

    Possibly, Grizzle, and indeed all too plausibly.

    But the more worrying point is made in Brian Rowan’s reaction.

    And a judgment the Eames-Bradley team will have to make is how much of the truth will be made available.

    Frankly I wouldn’t want that pairing, or any other pairing, to be making such a judgement.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Rowan wrote:

    There is no worth in a half-truth process – no point in this if some of the sides stay away.

    It should be all or nothing.

    Then he wrote:

    Would any of us be surprised if at the end of their consultation Lord Eames and Denis Bradley conclude that we may get some more of the truth ? but we won’t get all of it.

    There is stuff that will be forever hidden in the darkest of places.

    So if there’s stuff that never going to be made known, then by his own logic, there’s no real point in trying in the first place.

    Or am I reading him wrong?

  • tempest

    Where are all the republican bloggers. You think that they would be jumping for joy now that Peter the pain Hain has finally announced that there is to be consultations ‘Legacy of the Past’to deal with the past. This is where republicans start Brit Basing and deneying that they did anything wrong, saying It was all the fault of The Brits.

    Regardless of which community you are from if taking part in this consultation I ask you to,
    REMEMBER ALL THOSE INNOCENT PEOPLE KILLED and THE THOUSANDS THAT WERE INJURED, both Roman Catholic AND Protestant.
    For these people the Pain is not over

  • I Wonder

    As Paisley himself said earlier this week, those most critical of him over the deal were those who lost no-one in the Troubles.

    There are, obviously, people who resent the deal on grounds not of principle, but because they are filled with bitterness. In that number, I would include both those who have lost loved ones and those who didn’t. Those who did lose, forgave, and welcome the peace are those for whom we should have time and thought.

  • george

    What about Nelson Mandelo to oversee this consultation?