“We are a much more refined process than that.”

Plenty of quotes to consider from David Cox of the Historical Enquiries Team, on the aims of the HET and on funding issues too, in this report as he prepares to meet with NIO officials as part of a stock take review.. and a couple of references to the Eames/Bradley group as well.From the report

Dave Cox, head of the Historical Enquiries Team, revealed that last year`s funding, worth £4 million, had to come out of Sir Hugh Orde`s policing budget for Northern Ireland, even though the government promised two years ago that it would provide £32 million for the work over six years.

But as Northern Ireland Office officials prepared a stock-take of the HET, Mr Cox vowed the review of 3,268 murders between 1969 and 1998 would go on even if it had to be funded from the existing Police Service of Northern Ireland budget.

“There`s been a lot of publicity about a stock-taking of the HET process and that`s fine,” Mr Cox said.

“We`re up for being audited and we`re up for justifying what we do because we believe it is a very valuable process.

“But the message this sends out to families is: `Are you going to pull the process then? Is it going to stop? I am on the chronological list and they are not going to get to me for another couple of years. Does that mean they are going to change their mind and after all these promises they won`t come?`

“The chief (Sir Hugh) has been very upfront about all this and I will as well. We will get around to all the families because the chief has told me if the NIO do not fund us, he will.

“The point is we are almost back to square one as far as the PSNI budget is concerned. You have the demands of current policing on the chief`s day-to-day budget, which is why the (NIO-backed) project fund was set up for HET.

“If the money the chief has for current policing is diverted to policing the past, then that has a big impact on his planning.”

And, as I’ve mentioned before… “The poison accumulates in the system.” [new link]

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  • What (slightly — but it’s only another few million pounds) worries me about this is the imminent emergence of yet another mini-quango, alongside any notion of an approved, politically-correct history.

    Nobody, but nobody is going to achieve a generally-accepted, values-free, academic ‘history’ of NI and the ineffable ‘Troubles’ in my lifetime, or possibly the lifetimes of my grand-children. The legends, the accompanying baggage is too great. Leave it to the journos-on-the-make, and the sure-fire instant-historians that already clutter shelves either side of the line. Like Las Vegas, what went on in the RUC, the IRA, the UDA, the [name your own abbreviation] will stay in LA.

    Why can’t we do a Revolutionary Calendar Year One: rename and relaunch the whole thing, and start again?

    I find myself (in theory, as an intellectual exercise; but in real life saying “Oh, my Gawd!”), reviewing:
    (a) the slow-motion car-crash that was the Craig/Andrews administration. That useless shower screwed up and primed all that followed;
    (b) being in the public gallery of Dáil Éireann, in the 1960s, when TDs were still calling out their opponents (and their father’s opponents’ sons) to step outside and settle it like men.

    Neither of those eras and their personalities are yet fully available to dispassionate analysis: several political parties would fold up if it were so. Why even try with what followed more recently?

    OK, that’s just my take. Pain and rancour do not go away, and certainly not in half-a-lifetime. I simply propose that there is no dispassionate account available of our recent past. Why keep picking at the scab?

    Instead, why not consider the Spanish example? Refer to Giles Tremlett’s Travels through a Country’s Hidden Past, especially Chapter 3: ‘Amnistía and Amnesia: the Pact of Forgetting”. Read, mark and inwardly digest.

  • Just more abject apology from Malcolm Redfellow about unrestrained, irresponsible state power in the name of value-free, generally accepted history.

    The former, no matter what the costs to rectify it – should never be allowed – whether it is the Shoot-to-Kill murders in South Armagh during the emergency during the fall of 1982 in revenge for the nail bombings in London the previous July, a complicated massacre to help achieve the capture of Libyan arms on ships like the Eksund or just a simple murder which was never even given an inquest, much less investigated.

    The facts in such killings must be known not only for simple justice but also in the hope that they will help promote a reasonable, historical understanding of what really happened. And there is no such thing as value-free history.

    But if you want to read more nonsene by MR, read his expanded article on the matter on his own site, introducing it by recalling a conversation that he and an under-age, drinking buddy had in a Norfolk pub where an old salt explained that a digging site they were interested in was where, they were told, Oliver Cromwell killed Julius Caesar.

    Don’t expect MR to get real anytime soon.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford @ 08:51 AM:

    Roll up, folks! That’s http://redfellow.blogspot.com/2007/08/and-time-for-every-purpose-under-heaven.html . All comers welcome.

    I think you’ll find it more stylish and polished than the previous contribution.

    Oh, and it’s agricultural workers in Warham, not “Old Salts”: they’re about three miles away at Wells.

    One more “Oh”, and the “underage drinking buddy” was Peter Bellamy, later of no small importance in maintaining the traditions of English folk song. Respect where it’s do. Derision where it’s not.