Baggott concentrates minds on Troubles legacy

Chief Constable Matt Baggott chose his moment carefully to announce unilaterally a three year time limit for the work of the Historic Enquiries Team. The window just before a new financial year, a general election and the transfer of Justice powers to the Assembly gives him maximum leverage to put down a big marker. It boldly cuts across the Eames Bradley recommendation for a Legacy Commission lasting five years. The decision seems to exceed his operational independence. Although he’s still a new boy, he must know he’s sticking his neck out with the parties. Is he putting pressure on the Executive to reach an early decision on Dealing with the Past? Do they put their money on policing the future or the past? Or is the past still a big part of the future?

  • Scaramoosh

    The French academic Esther Benbassa has just wriiten an insightful work on the Jewish question;

    ‘Suffering as identity – The Jewish Paradigm.’

    In the book, she argues that the triumph of mourning, stifles the breath of life. She makes a plea for a Judaism of the future that no longer has suffering as identity, and politics as its instrument of redemption.

    She could have written the same book about Unionism or Republicanism. Read it; learn.

  • Cynic2

    Good. on the way out the door can it have a look at the McConville murder

  • [quote][i]Is he putting pressure on the Executive to reach an early decision on Dealing with the Past? Do they put their money on policing the future or the past? Or is the past still a big part of the future? [/i][/quote]

    No pressure, he’s just showing Leadership. The Past is Gone and plays No Part, great or small, in the Future.

    And whilst you may have no idea about what changes are wrought in Loughside/Palace Barracks, that would not necessarily apply to the Chief Constable who may be more aware of that which he needs to know, to assist him in providing you with everything needed for the PSNI to provide you their dedicated special service, making you and this tiny corner of civilisation, the envy and model regime of governance to copy for the rest of this crazy world.

    And you will not get anyone in Government or the Military to speak on the following, but it does you no harm to know that the Future is not anything like the Past or the Present, which is only Natural, of course, and Fully to be expected. ….. [b]So you think you know what is going on, and Spookery is just like the Movies? Dream on, Brother[/b] …… http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2010/03/29/sys_redundancies/

  • granni trixie

    Whilst I think that morally it is right to have a specialist group such as HET to do the necessary, the question of resources may prove to be a determining factor. Victims/survivors are more inclined to vocalise the view that they are entitled to know the facts whatever the financial cost. Good luck to them.

    BTW,when I heard the stats this week of over 3000 murders to be investigated by HET I was wondering what on earth were the RUC doing during the troubles – surely they had some targets to reach?
    Come to think of it have never heard of any convictions of those who carried out punishment beatings or the intimidation of exile.
    Things can only get better with the PSNI.

  • That’s exactly it. Baggott holds the Ace of Trumps where NI is concerned: “Oh, you want me to pump X million into the HET. Right, I’m closing all the stations that are only open to the public a few hours a day or a few days a week to pay for that.”

    And with the cuts promised by whoever will be in power after the election, that is what will happen.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    UVF says jump. Baggott asks: Is this high enough?

  • “Chief Constable Matt Baggott chose his moment carefully”

    Brian, have you any proof that it was Baggott’s choice?