January 28, 2009

Recognition = £££?

The Consultative Group on the Past of Northern Ireland is publishing its final report today.

Clearly the most contentious part of it will be the suggestion that victims of the Troubles’ families (both terrorists and those killed by terrorists) will be eligible to receive £12,000.

The co-Chair of the group is adamant this is not ‘compensation’.

This is ‘recognition’ of people’s loss, given in answer to people’s complaints that recognition is lacking.

But I can’t help thinking the Consultative Group has added two plus two and got five.

How many of those asking for ‘recognition’ specifically asked for money? I suspect the bureaucrats have completely misconstrued what they were asking for.

A quick glance at the Consultative Group’s website suggests many people are unhappy at the £12,000 idea and wanted recognition of another kind.


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  1. A lot of Doidge traffic at the moment on the blogs, Chris!

    I guess that giving out money is an easy way to try to make the problem go away. It’s easy for organisations to hand over some cash in the hope that the injured party will think they’ve got something without the organisation ever having to say the ‘S’ word… Sorry. If they say sorry and admit liability, it opens them up to all sorts of litigation opportunities. Hence the avoidance of the use of “Compensation”, also.

    28 Jan 2009, 14:53

  2. The Northern Ireland Secretary, Shaun Woodward, just made a complete tit of himself on BBC Radio 5 Live a while ago, refusing to offer an opinion on whether the payments were fair, because “he hasn’t read the report”.

    Anyway, he did say the suggestion of financial recognition came from the families themselves. I wonder which families exactly came up with the idea? I’d put money on it being the relatives of the guilty.

    Yes Richard, quite a lot of blogging at the moment – a temporary lack of any other outlet for my ranting.

    28 Jan 2009, 18:12


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