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Was Airey Neave set up to be assassinated?


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Interesting snippet I saw in yesterday's Independent. It says Enoch Powell believed that Airey Neave the conservative MP, was killed as a result of a leak of information from the Northern Ireland office to the INLA. Powell believed Neave, if in office, would pursue a very pro-Unionist line and this info was communicated to the INLA with the hope they would target him. It's a scanty bit of speculation but interesting given that the view was held by Enoch Powell. Neave would have become Secretary of State for NI had he lived. Gardai seen as inferior to police in the North - National News - Independent.ie
 


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A 1982 security report on policing described An Garda Siochana as a "technically unsophisticated" force which was under-resourced and intensely sensitive to any perceived criticism from outside.
Not much change since then so.
 

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Powell was like a more intelligent version of Paisley, whipping up fear about the Barbarians at the gate. Hard to tell if what he claimed was true.
INLA murder of Neave strengthened Thatcher's resolve as she was close to him.
 

Bren Boru

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A car bomb is a crude way to kill someone who was "set up". After all, he would only have to look under his car to establish that he had an issue.
 

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If the only 'evidence' for this claim was the paranoid imagination of Enoch Powell, I wouldn't give it much credence
 

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Enoch Powell might have information, but he never disclosed it. Extraordinary claims needs extraordinary evidence, of whatever the phrase is put. There seems to be no evidence for this far out claim.
 

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Would the INLA at the time have had the ability to conduct an operation like that without outside assistance?
Check out "The Dirty War" by Martin Dillon. The INLA had some serious operators at the time. And there was nothing too sophisticated about the mercury tilt switch.
 

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Usual inane unimformed comments about a serious topic.
Neave was the organiser of the attempted coup (The Wilson Plot).
The bomb appears to have been planted within Palace of Westminster car park.
By The INLA?....highly unlikely.
The INLA leadership were then wiped out leaving no witnesses.
 

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Check out "The Dirty War" by Martin Dillon. The INLA had some serious operators at the time. And there was nothing too sophisticated about the mercury tilt switch.
Its a little difficult to understand how they could break into the carpark, nevermind enter the mainland UK without alerting the security services to their presence.
 

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I think the key word about Neave is 'integrationist'. I think this policy of fully integrating NI into the UK and having it ruled from London permanently was supported by the UUP under James Molyneaux. Needless to say Enoch Powell supported the policy also. Neave seems to have been an integrationist also and given Mrs Thatcher was about to appoint him NI secreatary if she won the election then it must be assumed she also had strong leanings in that direction. But Neave's death meant integrationism was never applied by the British in NI and it was the devolutionist strategy which eventually won out.
 

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The Irish journalist Kevin Cahill claims Neave was killed because he planned a major shakeup of the British intelligence services:

Kevin Cahill has written that, prior to his assassination in 1979, Conservative MP Airey Neave was on the verge of a massive overhaul of the security services, possibly involving a merger of MI5 and MI6 and arising from his belief in corruption in the security services. Cahill suggests a link between Neave's murder and Sir Richard Sykes' murder and the attempted murder of Christopher Tugendhat in December 1980. Cahill claims that Neave would have been head of the combined security services with Sykes and Tugendhat as his deputies, with Sykes responsible for foreign operations and Tugendhat responsible for home operations.

Cahill had a conversation with Neave on St. Patrick's Day 1979 in the foyer of the Irish embassy in London. Cahill had left a party and was waiting for a taxi. He saw Neave in the room and introduced himself to him as an admirer, having read Neave's books. Cahill claims that Neave was somewhat inebriated and responded "quite out of the blue" by saying words to the effect that "There are going to be changes here, big changes, soon. There is going to be cleaning of the stables.... There has been serious corruption". Neave then said that there was "no use playing games. We have to win.... We will win when the [corruption] is sorted out. Count on that". Cahill found Neave's remarks surprising because he seemed internally preoccupied with the UK, with his Northern Ireland brief "almost a sideline". Cahill also thought that Neave's mention of corruption meant Soviet penetration.

Whilst working in the House of Commons as Paddy Ashdown's research assistant Cahill claims to have had a number of conversations with the security staff there. The most frequent remark was that "everyone knew" the story behind Neave's death but that no one could talk about it in detail because it would have been too dangerous. Cahill claims they did not believe INLA murdered Neave but that it was an "inside job".
Kevin Cahill (author) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

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The moment Thatcher finds out someone has been killed...........


[video=youtube;IAgMR_gC9IY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAgMR_gC9IY[/video]
 

Lord Muck Savage

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Yes. With the truth. He was a brilliant scholar, often right on Europe, wrong on Ireland, stupid on immigration.
Whatever stance Enoch Powell or others may have taken on Ireland (ROI or NI), it would not have been of any consequence, simply because the place is a dead loss anyway.
As regard immigration? He was absolutely spot on, it's a real tragedy that his wise words went unheeded, if he had been listened to, Britain would not be in the woeful situation that it now finds itself.
 

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The moment Thatcher finds out someone has been killed...........


[video=youtube;IAgMR_gC9IY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAgMR_gC9IY[/video]

God she was a real twat. And we think ours are a sorry bunch,
 

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Neave's co-conspirator Mountbatten was taken out the same year.

Coincidence?
 

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