A murderer participates:
Brighton bomber Patrick Magee has returned to the town 30 years after his deadly device ripped through the Grand Hotel killing five people.
The Republican, who was handed eight life sentences in 1986, planted the bomb that targeted Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Cabinet during their annual conference in 1984.
Magee was back in the city to take part in a panel discussion following a screening of documentary Beyond Right & Wrong at The Old Market in Hove.
The programme is focused around Magee's reconciliation with one of his victim's daughters. Lord Tebbit, an old fashioned Tory if there ever was one, is not so Christ-like:
Lord Tebbit wrote of the aftermath, including the two years his wife spent in hospital “before coming home to try to rebuild our life together”. He said: “That has not been easy. Although I suffered multiple injuries which have left me seldom without pain, I have few disabilities. Sadly, my wife’s life has closed in and her suffering is unrelieved.”
Had the Brighton bombing occurred twenty years earlier there is no doubt that Magee would have been hanged. I would not have shed a tear. Whatever the merits of the Good Friday Accords, which freed men like Magee, there is no reason to grant him the slightest time or interest. Let the rat scurry off to his corner and die.