Ford accuses Peter Hain of telling “something less than the complete truth…”

David Ford: The system is full of anomalies mostly because the way that the peace process was addressed by the British government making concessions and side deals with whoever was most difficult at the time so that lesser value in our living with those anomalies people like me try to actually get the justice system to work properly today.

Mark Carruthers: You can understand how unionists are pretty angry that they can what they perceived the IRA potential people involved in Irish Republicanism and potentially involved in violent crime are given, as they call it, a ‘get out of jail free’ card while soldiers who were on duty on I in 1972 in Derry may yet face prosecution after more than forty years.

David Ford: Yes, but the fact that somebody was on duty doesn’t mean that they didn’t commit a crime. The issue is to ensure that when the law is enforced it is enforced within the law. That’s the way the Police Service operates and that’s the way the highest standard should be held for those who are responsible as agents of the state. But we do have to look at the practical realities as to what may or may not be possible without saying that that means we draw a line at least effectively granted amnesty without any attempt to get justice where justice as possible.

Mark Carruthers: And your advice to Peter Hain at the moment would be what?

David Ford: I think peter is no longer the Secretary of State I’m not sure that his advice has not been particularly received in different areas. Perhaps the best thing he could do would be be to give a full account of everything he did to the Inquiry which is now underway.

Mark Carruthers: In the Sunday Times Peter Robinson has accused Peter Hain of misleading Parliament over the OTR letters in 2006 and 2007. Peter Hain strongly refuted that but when you look at what he said in Hansard it makes for interesting reading doesn’t it?

David Ford: It certainly appears to be something less than the complete truth. For example I’ve heard Peter Hain say “I have stood up in the House of Commons and said that this has to be addressed”, as if this was somehow was saying “this is how we’ve addressed it”, including the letters. So I think he needs to examine his precise background and perhaps that’s something a judge will be doing over the coming months.

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  • Son of Strongbow

    With his central involvement in the secret dealings concerning nationalist terrorist ‘OTRs’ the integrity of the oleaginous Hain is certainly questionable.

    This view is compounded by his outrageous comments on the prosecution of soldiers allegedly involved in criminal acts on ‘Bloody Sunday’, as reported in weekend newspapers.

    Was it Hain who first took the ‘nothing to see here’ position on the ‘OTRs’, a view taken up by the Shinners and their Greek chorus of support (on Slugger and elsewhere)?

    Hain, alongside the Shinners and their fellow travellers, referenced the hints, innuendo, and fragments of information in the public domain that mentioned the term ‘OTR’ as evidence that the secret deal was not secret.

    The story continues to expand. Allegations have now been made that individuals allegedly involved in the Birmingham pub bombings of the early seventies have received the ‘comfort letters’.

  • “Ford accuses Peter Hain of telling “something less than the complete truth…””

    Seamus Mallon was even more direct about Peter’s boss, Tony Blair, according to Ruth Dudley Edwards:

    “In 2007, Seamus Mallon — once the main negotiator for the SDLP (the constitutional nationalists) — was asked if Blair was an honest broker. ‘Here was a guy with a moral dimension to everything,’ he said. ‘And I’m not sure at what point I began to realise that in his political dealings he was amoral and didn’t know the meaning of the word “honesty”.’ This was known in official circles as ‘creative ambiguity’, and involved talking out of both sides of your mouth.”

    All of this begs another question: “Were the PSNI, in this dodgy process, directed, by politicians or others, not to include ‘uncomfortable’ evidence in their submissions to the PPS?”

  • streetlegal

    Yes – Hugh Orde was part of Blair’s ‘magic circle’. The OTR deal could not have proceeded if Orde had not been brought on board . Orde was then able to use his considerable influence with other Chief Constables to enable direct and secure lines of communication with the PSNI on the OTRs. Blair had made it clear that he the OTRs resolved quickly. All those who needed to know to bring this about did know and had to be kept sweet.

  • Greenflag

    “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell

    It probably also means the right not to tell people what they should hear in the case of NI ,

    One way or another Hain and the rest of the nonfull truthers did Northern Ireland a service for without their efforts the politicians and the gunmen of Northern Ireland would have carried on for another 50 years or more going around in ever diminishing circles of reducing political possibilities until such time as there would not have been a stone left on a stone and the province depopulated beyond recovery and it’s economy even less viable than it is .

    One interesting aspect of the criticism from some circles in Northern Ireland is the tendency to blame HMG , British politicians , the Irish Republic and everybody else for the provinces inability to govern itself as a modern democracy . The harsh political reality is that without the nudge and wink and unfull truth NI would be a more open political sewer than it already is .

    Get real folks ffs !