“The Language Was Wrong”

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Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley in the House of Commons yesterday

Yesterday, I made comments regarding the actions of soldiers during the Troubles. I want to apologise. I am profoundly sorry for the offence and hurt that my words have caused.

The language was wrong and even though this was not my intention, it was deeply insensitive to many of those who lost loved ones.

I know from those families that I have met personally just how raw their pain is and I completely understand why they want to see justice properly delivered.

I share that aim and that is why I launched the public consultation on addressing the legacy of the Troubles. My position and the position of this Government is clear.

We believe fundamentally in the rule of law. Where there is evidence of wrongdoing this should be pursued without fear or favour whoever the perpetrators might be.

That is a principle that underpins our approach to dealing with legacy issues and it is one from which we will not depart.

A statement released by the Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley this afternoon.

It follows her comments in the House of Commons yesterday in which she said killings by the British security forces during the Troubles were “not crimes”.

Yesterday: Obeying Orders

14 thoughts on ““The Language Was Wrong”

  1. eoin

    “I wish to retract what I said” ?

    No.

    I’m surprised there aren’t protests outside British embassies.

  2. Spaghetti Hoop

    “The language was wrong”.
    Nah, I think we all understood the language and the statement.

  3. Barry the Hatchet

    Those were not the kind of comments one can apologise for and then move on. She needs to resign.

    Of course, the problem the Tories have is there’s no one to replace her who would make less of a balls of the job. Their wholesale ignorance on NI is utterly depressing.

  4. Iwerzon

    Not only should she resign for her comments but what she said has major consequences with regards political interference in the legal process. Next week the UK Public Prosecution Service will decide whether soldiers involved in the Bloody Sunday killings in 1972 will face prosecution. Her statements can significantly influence this decision.

  5. dav

    what’s a dog going to do but bark. what we have here is a tory talking about NI and the troubles aka something they know nothing about and don’t WANT to know anything about. doesn’t matter if she’s NI secretary, these are the same tories who have May as their leader..

    1. realPolithicks

      The great irony about parties like the dup being so desperate to remain park of the uk is that the british don’t give a ploppy pie about Ireland north or south and would dump the north out if it suited them.

    1. Cian

      SNAP. Happened to me this morning to.

      I was looking in the wardrobe wondering which shirt to wear with my navy trousers….

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