Loyalist violence a mirror of the old IRA’s campaign against democracy and choice…

Before the day that’s in it unfolds (the report into state collusion with loyalist paramilitaries in the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane), with death threats against politicians again in the air, Ian Parsley turns to a recent anniversary of a political assassination which by and large went unnoted and unnoticed by the local media:

This week marks the anniversary of the assassination of Edgar Graham. He was not someone with whom my party always agreed, but someone we always respected. He was a man of great intellect and integrity and frankly he may well have been an Assembly Member right now, had his life not been taken far too early by those engaging in a campaign of terror while refusing to accept people’s democratic right to take an alternative position.[Emphasis added]

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