THE IRA IN RETROSPECT

During the 1970s and 80s the BBC and the British government framed the Irish Republican Army and the Troubles in Northern Ireland in such a way that it became almost impossible for the British public to see militant republicans as anything other than monsters. Once they and their struggle were effectively dehumanised, no history or level of understanding was required; they could be neutralised as though they were dangerous beasts – to rapt applause from a relieved population.