Yesterday – January 30, 2022 – the UK commemorated the deaths of 13 people who were murdered by UK soldiers during a civil rights demonstration on what became known as Bloody Sunday.
But This Writer doubts the sincerity of some of those who have mouthed tributes – like Boris Johnson and his Labour Party counterpart, Keir Starmer.
Here’s the reason:
Fifty years on from Bloody Sunday, the Tories have changed the law to make British soldiers immune from prosecution for murder. And a Labour Party led by a human rights lawyer abstained on the legislation.
— David__Osland (@David__Osland) January 30, 2022
The votes Labour backed in 2021 would make what soldiers did on Bloody Sunday legal & would protect those soldiers from prosecution.
No MP who backed that legislation has any moral authority to comment on Bloody Sunday today.
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) January 30, 2022
One of those who has consistently been on the right side of history in this respect is Jeremy Corbyn, the former Labour leader who would never have allowed the Tory amnesty Bill to go unopposed.
Here he is, speaking against it at a 50th anniversary commemoration event:
"But people need more than apologies.. It's an outrage that nobody has been prosecuted for the deaths of 14 innocent civilian protestors.."@jeremycorbyn speaking at the 50th anniversary memorial of Bloody Sunday, at Derry Guildhall. pic.twitter.com/lhUOwN7nHr
— Supporting Humanity (@SocialistAnyDay) January 29, 2022
Shockingly, Mr Corbyn has been attacked by zealots who appear to be selective in their reading of history; they say he is choosing only to attack atrocities by supporters of the Union while supporting those of the nationalists.
This whataboutery is simply untrue. He has deplored all acts of violence – by both sides. As a pacifist, that is his position.
And we would not have had the lasting peace in Northern Ireland since 1998 without the work he did keeping lines of communication open between all political sides in the Troubles. Meanwhile, successive Tory governments were talking with terrorists, lying about it to the public, and getting nowhere.
But Mr Corbyn, who worked hard for peace and justice, is demonised while Johnson and Starmer’s desire for murderers to go unpunished goes unmentioned by the media.
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The tories, along with Starmer are a total disgrace. Their fake concern and condolences are truly shameful!
To be honest I think Starmer’s behaviour is the more disgraceful. We would not expect anything else from the Tories, but the Leader of the Labour Party behaving in this manner is shameful. Along with most everything he has done since becoming Leader.