read with some interest the
article by David Adams describing his impression
of the late Mo Mowlam and, since I had no personal
knowledge of the lady, I cannot pass an opinion
upon her personal qualities.
However, it will not be forgotten that this is the
person who was instrumental in gaining the release
of British soldiers who had been convicted of murder
and had received a Life Sentence in a British Court.
appears that the late Mowlam was not overly concerned
about the welfare of the Nationalist Irish when
it came to murdering innocent members of that community.
Her attitude toward the decisions of the courts
in her own country certainly left something to be
desired, since she obviously concluded that the
convictions and sentences were wrong and promptly
overrode the rule of law.
Nor did she display any sense of embarrassment about
the direct insult thrown at the relatives of those
Their lives were deemed by Mrs. Mowlam to be of
absolutely no importance whilst their murderers
were obviously men of some distinction.
It is all very well to sing the praises of someone
who has died and to emphasise their better characteristics,
but the eulogies must not conceal unpalatable truths.
Mo Mowlam was a creature of the British Establishment
and a servant of the British Government. As
such, her entire objective in the Irish Question
was to preserve the status quo in the North.
certainly, she was a popular figure in the eyes
of the Media and among a number of politicians.
fact is that she contributed very little, if, indeed,
anything at all, to the betterment of the minority
population in the North.
this, she is in excellent company and can join the
illustrious ranks of all the other ministers who
publicly swore that all their efforts were for the
good of the people of "Northern Ireland",
but who managed to support, encourage and assist
successive British Governments in their criminal