By Peter Rose (auth.)
In a brand new booklet approximately Northern eire historian Peter Rose argues that if Harold Wilson's govt within the past due sixties had pursued a distinct coverage the province could have been spared the worries. Wilson had promised the Catholics that they'd be granted their civil rights. in spite of the fact that, new facts means that Westminster was once intentionally gagged to avoid MPs challenging that the Stormont management ended discrimination within the province. Had the govt acted on intelligence of growing to be Catholic unrest, it could actually have avoided the increase of the Provisional IRA with no scary an unmanageable Protestant backlash. The publication attracts upon lately published reliable records and interviews with many key politicians and civil servants of the interval to envision the failure of British coverage to avoid the troubles.
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He held that fairly constantly throughout his life. 9 In July 1964 Wilson wrote to Patricia McCluskey, one of the founders of the CSJ. 11 The CSJ regarded Wilson’s messages as a major coup. Pat McCluskey said some years later that Wilson ‘wrote just before the election saying that if he were returned he would settle things out for us’. 12 However, the actual policy statement with which Labour went into the election made no such specific promises. This statement ‘Signposts to the New Ulster’ was drawn up by the Northern Ireland Labour Party in conjunction with the Home Policy Sub Committee of the British Labour Party’s National Executive Committee.
A serious anomaly in the constitutional relationship between Westminster and Parliament was revealed during Wilson’s first administration. 69 On 9 November 1965, Wilson was replying to the debate on the nationalisation of steel. Sir Knox Cunningham, the Ulster Unionist MP for Antrim South (and a former Parliamentary Private Secretary to Harold Macmillan) tried to intervene. Labour MPs called on him to sit down and Wilson told him: It really has nothing to do with the hon. and learned Member, because under the White Paper all legislation on steel in Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland Parliament.
However, Rose was infuriated that the case which he and other Labour MPs had tried to make during the debate had been ignored by their own Labour ministers. ’58 It was certainly true that Wilson appeared unmoved by the arguments of the CDU. 59 Shortly after he became Prime Minister, the Northern Ireland premier paid him what was merely a courtesy visit. 60 Wilson pointed out that at that time Northern Ireland had not erupted into the troubles that came later, but I was anxious that the Ulster Unionist Government under Capt.
How the Troubles Came to Northern Ireland by Peter Rose (auth.)