Not Some Rogue Cabal
Having criticised Jim Gibney for ignoring cases like Marian Price and Gerry McGeough, I must, in fairness, commend him for highlighting miscarriages of justice in his November 8th column Baggott Must Rein in the Securocrat Cabal. However the number and nature of these injustices cannot be explained away by some rogue cabal of crown servants risking pay and pensions to defy British policy.
Presumably, all safeguards devised to “put manners” on the renamed constabulary are in place. We have Stormont committees, constabulary boards and partnerships. Baggott and Ford serve with Sinn Fein approval. Surely these channels were used to raise the “securocrat” alarm. Surely Ford and his parole commissioners were warned that the secret evidence used to intern Marian and Martin Corey might have been fabricated under a secret anti-Republican agenda. Surely someone pointed out that arresting Gerry McGeough at the polls, like the recent arrest of Padraic Wilson, carried political implications. Surely Sinn Fein knows and has told the British that the party’s continued presence at Stormont, in tandem with such miscarriages of justice, creates resentment internally and within the wider nationalist community.
Any competent British administrator would take steps to remove, much less rein in a clique of subordinates who conspired to sabotage British policies. The ongoing failure to demote, remove or rein in anyone proves these injustices are British policy sanctioned by Baggott, Ford, Paterson and now Villiers.
The British are constructing repressive legal machinery which will be wielded against others. After jailing Gerry McGeough on decades old charges, how long before they imprison someone closer to Sinn Fein for IRA actions during the same years? Will one of the party stalwarts be Interned by License, on a pretext of secret evidence and allegations?
Sinn Fein proved it would not accept the Internment by Remand of Padraic Wilson by going outside Stormont and taking to the streets to secure his release. Claims of cabals or dark side cliques are no longer plausible. It is time for a bold initiative in which Sinn Fein shows the British it will no longer sit still inside Stormont as reluctant accomplices in injustice inflicted on any nationalist or Republican. It should do so before it is too late!