In the advent of Saville there is a cacophony of wailing and gnashing of teeth from unionist political representatives about the costs associated with the Inquiry.
Let me be clear, the cost of Saville means little to me. If it removes the stain of the British establishment’s Widgery-brand whitewash then it was worth it.
However if bean counting over state murder is your bag the estimated £200m was completely avoidable. When the British Govt. decided to establish an enquiry all they needed to do was to cut another key to the archive room (top estimate £4.00) give it to a representative of the families or an independent figure of international standing and allow them to copy the papers (splashing out at £19.95) without fighting them at every legal turn.
The only additional cost was their attitude to the truth.
You could have handed the whole lot over to the United Nations to oversee a report although if you wanted to keep things local a decent historian like Eamonn Phoenix would have bitten your arm off to analyze the material.
So there you have it folks, £200m reduced down to £23.95. With that sort of economic creativity I may submit my CV to Deloitte or PWC. At least I’ve achieved plenty of margin to build in my fee.
Well you know what they say?…. You have spend money to save money…..!