The Birmingham story is also about the IRA record. It’s time to reveal it, Gerry

“One person killed in England is worth 10 ( or is it 20 or 30?) in Ireland.”  This was the notorious IRA judgement of propaganda value. And with 50 IRA attacks in England in 1974 that felt true at the time. The calculation was still valid in November that year when everything went horribly wrong for all sides over the Birmingham bombs. Reaction in Northern Ireland to the prominent coverage today will probably be rueful. We are more case hardened. …

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