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Bobby Sands

In the BBC documentary [Peter] Taylor is filmed sitting on a bed inside a preserved part of the Maze complex.
He says: “I’m now sitting on the actual bed where the hunger-striker Bobby Sands died in May 1981, which I|remember covering.”
Shaking his head, he adds: “I never thought that Bobby Sands would go through with it.It was no ordinary death and Sands was no ordinary prisoner, no ordinary man because he was an elected Member of Parliament.”

This evening on BBC 1 at 9pm, Peter Taylor on the 20th anniversary of the 1994 ceasefire, makes a personal assessment of who really ‘won the war’.

Anger Over Bobby Sands Deathbed Memorial (Belfast Telegraph)

BBC: Who Won The War?

Previously: ‘RA Fought The Law And The Law Won’

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12 thoughts on “Staying In Tonight?

    1. ahyeah

      A high price but it achieved a lot – for one, convinced grassroots republican movement that the political route was worth pursuing. Peace process in 1990s stemmed from it. Whatever your politics, hard to deny that Sands’s death saved a lot of lives ultimately.

          1. scottser

            jeez, there was a time when we all appreciated a little ‘hunger-strike’ humour. here’s my number if you change your mind – 8080028.

      1. shitferbrains

        So it took over ten years for his death to convince the republican movement to follow a political agenda ? Slow learners so.

  1. ahyeah

    “no ordinary man because he was an elected Member of Politics”

    That [the fact that he was an elected MP] wasn’t what made him extraordinary. Bit of a sideswipe in that comment. If anything, it was his extraordinariness that got him elected.

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