Originally published in Spectator Blogs
Some days the world is so stupid that getting out of bed seems to carry too many risks. Today, thanks to the Independent, the bottom of the stupid-pool has been reached. The ‘paper’ has just run a pieceby one George Greenwood headlined: ‘Labour-IRA attitude under scrutiny as Young Fabians invite former terror commander to be guest of honour at Christmas party.’
Which sounds very scary indeed until you read down, or look at the photo and discover that the former IRA commander in question is in fact Sean O’Callaghan – otherwise known as probably the most famous double-agent at the top of the IRA. A man who helped destroy the IRA’s operational effectiveness over the course of a decade. A man who at unbelievable risk to his own life saved dozens of British lives. A man who prevented a Brighton-style attack that would most likely have killed the Prince and Princess of Wales. A man, in other words, who is one of the most extraordinarily brave and courageous people who it could ever be anybody’s honour to meet.
But the Independent seems not to know any of this and barely even nods to it in its sub-Wikipedia hit-job of a piece. And nor does Simon Danczuk MP seem to know this. Indeed here he is giving a quote on the investigative genius George Greenwood’s discovery, saying…