Amazing — and encouraging — news from the UK, where after 10 long years of work the Saville Report has called the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre in Northern Ireland entirely unjustified.
Mr Speaker, I am deeply patriotic. I never want to believe anything bad about our country. I never want to call into question the behaviour of our soldiers and our army, who I believe to be the finest in the world.
…But the conclusions of this report are absolutely clear. There is no doubt, there is nothing equivocal, there are no ambiguities. What happened on Bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong.
…Some members of our armed forces acted wrongly. The government is ultimately responsible for the conduct of the armed forces and for that, on behalf of the government, indeed, on behalf of our country, I am deeply sorry.
Good for him for speaking so frankly — and good for the entire government for speaking the hard truth about this very sad event. It is remarkable to see it.