Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour and reputation were clearly common knowledge among the Hollywood set.
It took one woman to speak out. Then many others spoke out and then the ‘set’ admitted that they knew.
So too in Northern Ireland. Everyone knows that the IRA army council runs Sinn Fein. Everyone knows who is on the army council. They can be seen at Stormont any day of the week.
Everyone knows that many of them are MI5 agents, paid for by you and me.
Everyone knows that they were sometimes allowed, by their British masters, to kill. Police officers , soldiers, civilians and children were their victims. Everyone knows.
But nobody will tell.
Every informer had a state team around him. Several handlers. Minders. Back up. Senior detectives who approved recruitment and payment. MI5 operatives who de-briefed them.
Lots of people who now live comfortably on a pension could unwrap hundreds of cases. The relief to the ageing families would be immense.
The PSNI won’t do it. The HET didn’t do it, [described by an army council member as a sop to the loyalists]. PONI doesn’t deliver and the HIU is a distant and flawed dream.
So I’m appealing to all those retired RUC men and women. All those soldiers who served here, many of whom are outraged at their treatment, compared to informers and on the runs.
As with Harvey, it just needs one to speak out. To tell us of the crimes of Donaldson, Scappaticci, Sean Maguire and Brian Gillen, all paid killers of the state.
Then the rest will open up.
Isn’t it time you salved you conscience?
“A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory” Mark Twain.