|Rest in Peace.|
Dear Charles Windsor,
What I am about to write should be of no surprise to you. As you travel the length and breadth of our great country please keep in mind the suffering that has been caused to the Irish people for generations. Yes there is a “magic about Ireland that is totally unique” coupled with an “extraordinary kindness” yet it must be said for centuries these qualities have meant little to the British State and monarchy.
In 1868 British Prime Minister William Gladstone announced his plans to “pacify Ireland”, it would seem his plans are still operational today. The peace process we are reminded of daily is to be blunt a not so well choreographed farce, a farce of a process where truth and justice are merely buzz words. For the death of your uncle you have had justice and closure yet for others this right involves battling a system that is not only inherently unjust but clearly loaded in favour of the British State.
As Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment your call for reconciliation can only be viewed as hypocritical with not one member of your regiment ever arrested for the Ballymurphy Massacre or for the war crimes committed on Bloody Sunday. What compounds this is that the potential for justice is a step further with each day that passes and is further hindered by cuts to legal aid which are in effect undermining the rule of law.
Whilst money is no object in your world with your multi-million pound uncapped state benefits and not a hint of the bedroom tax for any of your state funded properties, in the real world finding money for legal costs can prove impossible. For confirmation of this please ask Martin and Gerry as these two men are from two of the most deprived areas in the north, Derry's Bogside and Belfast's Ballymurphy.
Following Bloody Sunday the Taoiseach Jack Lynch announced a national day of mourning. During this time to quote a friend the people of Derry were “left to bury their dead and clean the blood of friends, family members and fellow civil rights campaigners off the streets”. The blood of people who took to the streets on that Sunday in 1972 to oppose many of the injustices we continue to face today. Their main chant on the march that day was “peace with justice” yet sadly their call has not been fulfilled by subsequent political leaders who seem content to welcome and accept pacification masquerading as reconciliation.
A Derry Mother.