TUV Meets Secretary of State
Speaking after leading a TUV delegation which met the Secretary of State party leader Jim Allister said:
“TUV made the point to the Secretary of State that we have little expectation that the powers that be - at Stormont or Westminster - will ever permit justice for innocent victims, because of the threat that would pose to the perverse political arrangements whereby the victim makers rule over us. Whatever lip service is paid to justice for victims, there is no quest for such, no appetite to bring the perpetrators to justice, because there is too much vested interest in protecting the disreputable status quo. In fact, innocent victims are an embarrassment to the political establishment, both to those who made them victims and those who brought the victim makers into government.
“We welcome the fact that the Secretary of State is opposed to a “truth commission”. However, while it seems there will be no formal amnesty TUV made it clear that many innocent victims deeply resent the fact that there is a de facto amnesty for Republicans who are involved in the government of our Province. And given Sinn Fein/IRA’s veto in Stormont there was zero prospect of the innocent victims receiving justice from any proposals put forward by the local administration.
“TUV believes that we should have justice for the innocent victims of the Troubles and that this should be sought regardless of the cost to the political process”.
The TUV delegation consisted of party leader Jim Allister, Party President William Ross and TUV press officer Sammy Morrison.