Christmas can be slow enough and, as the turkey emulsifies into excess fat to be sweated off in the gym after New Year’s resolutions, you turn to thinking about the events of the ending year and, in my case, that means checking out old news stories as I toss the trash from my email box.
And so I came upon this…. story from the BBC: Stormont discussed Paisley arrest which says:-
Secret Public Record Office files from 1977 show senior Stormont officials believed Ian Paisley was associated with loyalist paramilitaries.
The remarks made by the officials reveal they considered arresting the now first minister for conspiracy.
Whoa…. I wonder if a decision to arrest Big Ian had been made would it have impacted upon the eventual length of our troubles at all? What do you think? Would a different decision have:-
1. Made no difference
2. Shortened the conflict
3. Made matters worse
Any opinions out there…… 20/20 hindsight can be great craic!