Bloody Sunday’s architects

By Peter Pringle (for the Nation)

The British excel at political theater, but the carefully staged publication of the long-awaited Saville report on Bloody Sunday produced an effect no government choreographer could possibly have predicted. A large crowd, several hundred strong, of Northern Ireland’s nationalists had gathered by a TV screen in front of Derry’s Victorian Guildhall awaiting--anxiously, fearfully--an announcement to accompany the publication by the new Tory prime minister, David Cameron. Four words caused the crowd to raise a prolonged cheer: “I am deeply sorry,” Cameron told the House of Commons.

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