Some have hinted that McGuinness may have been protected by the British state at some level. It seems beyond rational belief, however, that he was an informant or agent. For much of his life, he lived in relative poverty; too many of the IRA operations of which he had knowledge were carried to a successful conclusion, and over too long a period, for McGuinness to have been a security force agent. The republican struggle would not have continued as it did if McGuinness had been seeking consistently to subvert it from within. Much of his apparent luck is explained by what the police officer referred to as ‘his very keen sense of self preservation.’
...One possible explanation for his apparently charmed existence is that McGuinness was selected at an early stage by the British authorities as someone who could prove useful, and was preserved in a leadership position with future negotiations in mind. It is standard international intelligence practice to leave the leadership of paramilitary or subversive groups intact. If security measures remove the top tier of leadership, a new generation of Young Turks will have to spend years going through the learning curve their predecessors have already experienced. In the intervening years, they will secure their position through militancy. Preserving the leadership does not prevent the security service from attacking the organisation itself, narrowing the leadership’s options and even, when necessary, taking out more militant factions who show serious signs of escalating the campaign and threatening the leadership’s grip on the levers of power. It is a classic technique, and some attempt at it must have been in place even as Lord Widgery prepared his report in the months that followed Bloody Sunday in 1972.
By the mid-1970s, British policy had abandoned earlier models of stamping out the first signs of an uprising with saturation level troops for the more sophisticated option of the long haul of Ulsterisation, containment and ultimately, political negotiation. It was at this point that McGuinness met British ministers and officials when he was plucked from the obscurity of the Bogside to join the delegation to meet William Whitelaw in Cheyne Walk. Dennis Bradley, the former priest who was the central link between McGuinness and British Intelligence, bears witness to the constant contacts between republicans and the British authorities. Bradley, now an Oscar-winning filmmaker, stresses that McGuinness was never a blind militarist...
Sorry, I‘ll do that. I have purchased the book as well and I will include that link.
Liam Clarke was a brave journalist.Did you read "The Orange State" by Michael Farrell, if not, please do so and come back here with facts and figures instead of spouting a lot of heresay by paid journos who got their information from some drunks in need of a refill and never seen a pebble thrown in anger.
Jesus wept.Did you read "The Orange State" by Michael Farrell, if not, please do so and come back here with facts and figures instead of spouting a lot of heresay by paid journos who got their information from some drunks in need of a refill and never seen a pebble thrown in anger.
Well I finished Liam Clarke’s book. It was interesting and moving, a litany of loss, but I’ve rarely seen so many typos and missing words. A new edition is needed.