John Larkin’s Priceless Quote

Comments by the Northern Ireland Attorney General, John Larkin urging an end to all Troubles-era prosecutions in Northern Ireland as well as inquests and inquiries has blown up a predictable storm in the usual circles. The details can be read here in a balanced BBC report which, interestingly, quotes PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggot using words which clearly signal his approval of Larkin’s remarks. Did Larkin run his ideas past the PSNI before going public? And if the PSNI want this, will it happen? Interesting questions.

John Larkin, NI's Attorney General, recommending end to Troubles-era prosecutions

John Larkin, NI’s Attorney General, recommending end to Troubles-era prosecutions

Anyway, there will be plenty of time for analysis and examination of the AG’s proposal in the coming days. For the time being, I just want to highlight one wonderful quote from his interview with, I believe, The Belfast Telegraph. Here it is:

 What I am saying is take the lawyers out of it. I think lawyers are very good at solving practical problems in the here and now, but lawyers aren’t good at historical research.

The people who should be getting history right are historians, so in terms of recent history, the people who are making the greatest contribution are often journalists.

One response to “John Larkin’s Priceless Quote

  1. Galloway's Valet

    The defendants could have used this guy at Nuremberg. “Come on lads, never mind the forensic pathologists, judges and prosecutors. All this judicial stuff is great for probate and conveyancing, but it’s a total waste of time for anything that happened more than six weeks ago.” Unbelievable.

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