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  • That's a bit of a stretch. Bloody Sunday and Ballymurphy a few months previous were inexcusable, murderous atrocities but by late 1971, sectarian violence was already pretty rampant, particularly on the loyalist side. From the August 69 burning out of mostly Catholic families in North and West Belfast through to the McGurks bomb in late 71 - Loyalist Rioters were often seen to work in Concert with the RUC and the hated 'B Specials'. The Widgery Report 'whitewash' in April 72 cemented a view that the British Army were not only unaccountable but alligned with the discredited Unionist Government in Stormont. When direct rule was imposed in the spring of 72, this put a newly invigorated PIRA in direct confrontation with the British Government.

    Along with allowing the Army to support the UDR and RUC in enforcing Faulkner's dreadful policy of internment and the rescinding of political prisoner status that led to the hunger strikes, the Widgery Report into Bloody Sunday was one of the worst policy blunders by the UK government of the entire troubles.

    From what I've read, I'm disappointed but not surprised that DPP are only charging one soldier. Not being able to take the soldiers own testimony at the Savile Enquiry into account is a critical handicap. Again, the greater slight seems to be the lack of culpability for senior officers on the day and the coverup that led to the Widgery Report. Seems perjury charges may also be forthcoming for some of that.

    Lastly, the incredibly insensitive comments of Karen Bradley and Gavin Williamson further underline the incompetence at the highest levels of our government at the moment. Bradley, in particular should've been sacked immediately.

  • Lloyd Embley

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    @Mirror_Editor

    For a brief period this morning the Mirror website ran some edited
    footage filmed by the gunman in Christchurch. We should not have
    carried this. It is not in line with our policy relating to terrorist
    propaganda videos

  • https://twitter.com/newsworthy_ie/status­/1106200965751934977?s=20

    There's a second recording in his timeline of journalist Max Hastings talking to an army office...

    https://twitter.com/newsworthy_ie/status­/1106313127992483840?s=20

    Disgusting. Indefensible. (Obviously if it's real)

  • That's pretty grim.

  • Beto O'Rourke has an interesting past

  • Very interesting. He’s a fixie skidder too...

    It’s a shame AOC can’t run

  • Remember Cleggmania? O'Rourke is even more lightweight.

  • There's something very creepy about how manicured and rehearsed all of his writing and actions seem to be.

    He doesn't seem to have an ounce of actual authenticity, and his writing is hugely cringeworthy. I think that kind of mawkish faux-profundity will be lapped up across the pond though.

  • Exactly this. It’s almost childish. I wonder whether that’s deliberate.

    Anyway, it’s a small act but this made me smile for a bit https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-ma­nchester-47595582

  • I saw that this morning. So cute.

  • I don't think the CoDC thing us going to play well overall, though. He probably had no choice but to raise it first, but it's something that would fit much better into the bio of a libertarian edgelord riding on Trump's coat tails.

  • @hugo7 in reply to @starfish&coffee

    I'd have thought the Maori are probably the most successful indigenous
    people in a colonialist society.

    You are astoundingly ignorant. This statement is offensive to anyone with knowledge of the history of Aotearoa.
    Please educate yourself.

  • Better than a lot who were almost or actually genocided out of existence, no?

  • this piece of shit edgelord...

  • Weird looking guy.

  • Is he playing the circle game?

  • I think he should be ignored. Zero press coverage, zero anything ever mentioned about him from now onwards (except somehow privately to victims and their families). It’d make him implode

  • why? these people are out there, they are easy to trigger, quick to mobilise and looking to commit real acts of violence. it's safe to assume this shitlord is arguably one of hundreds if not more, and the more we know about where they coalesce and the way they communicate the easier they become to identify, de-platform and if need be, eliminate.

  • I don’t mean that he should be ignored by the authorities or that these crimes should go unpunished.
    I was reacting to the fact that it seems to me he is absolutely going to milk any and every drop of media attention to further his ‘cause’.
    This whole atrocity was broadcast for to get attention.
    So I thought it might be good for the world’s media to put the cunt on ignore.
    Obviously more of a knee-jerk reaction than a particularly well thought out idea.

  • ^ probably explains his face being pixelated, that's a new one for the media iirc, they love to show a face.

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