At a public meeting chaired by John McDonnell MP at the House of Commons on 20 Nov 12 to present the cases of the prisoners Gerry McGeough, Marian Price and Martin Corey, Conor Murphy SF pointed out that their imprisonment is an abuse of the legal process. He demanded their immediate release.
Everyone, he said, is entitled to due process and a fair trial, something Marian and Martin were being denied.
I was one of the four speakers at that meeting. Eamon O Cuiv TD and I spoke about Gerry McGeough and Mgr Dr Murray about what can only be described as the malicious persecution of Marian Price.
So, why is the abuse of the legal process so easy in N.I. but not on my side of the Irish Sea?
The reason lies in the mindset of the English ruling class (ERC) which is so ancient they are not even aware of it so would always deny it. The ERC has always regarded the Irish as a kind of rebellious sub-species of the human genus, Homo but not quite sapiens, the kind of people who fail to understand how rational English laws are.
My ancestor, Sir Anthony St Leger, who devised the policy which brought Ireland under the Crown in 1540, introduced new laws after his appointment as Lord Deputy. A contemporary observed:
The most rational and equitable laws were those of England but too rational to be imposed on the brutish Irish... therefore in his wisdom our knight ... enacted such as agreed with their capacity ... rather than such as were dictated by his ability.
The NIO view would be that the prisoners simply don't understand how rationally and equitably they are being treated.
Ireland has changed but the mindset of the ERC has not.
How do I know? My family were Ascendancy in Ireland for 400 years.