THE former postman at the centre of yesterday’s Stormont debate has said that it is “hypocrisy of the highest order” for nationalist politicians to condemn the murder of David Black but call for his would-be murderer to be freed.
Cllr Brush said that the SDLP and Sinn Fein had shown double standards in calling for the release of Gerry McGeough but within days condemning the killers of prison officer Mr Black and calling for them to be arrested.
The DUP man, who was in the public gallery for yesterday’s debate, told the News Letter: “I’ve got over the shock of it [last month’s Dungannon council vote] and now it’s the aftermath, and to me the fightback, because I intend to have my say at the next council meeting, especially in view of the fact that so soon after we have a murder on the motorway of David Black.
“If I’m going to sit and listen to the people who voted for the release of Gerry McGeough condemning the murder carried out last Thursday morning, then I think that’s hypocrisy of the highest order.
“How can you condemn one shooting and say another one was basically justified?”
Cllr Brush tore into the SDLP for backing the man who attempted to murder him.
He said that Alasdair McDonnell’s party “seem to have lost all sense of justice and respect for victims”.
The former postman, whose health suffered in the wake of last month’s council vote, said that he has still not seen any of the nationalist councillors who voted in his presence to free his would-be killer.
“I’m still on my double medication for blood pressure but it is coming down.”
The former part-time UDR man added: “I’m glad to see that my party has brought this motion to Stormont because it is time that what was passed through council in Dungannon was put to bed for good.
“People that have committed terrorist crimes need to be serving their proper sentences.
“For political parties to call for the courts to be overruled and justice to become a lottery as to who can have the most votes in a debate is a bit ridiculous.
“Law and order is something that we expect: the police do their job, the courts to do their job and basically victims expect that the perpetrators of crimes should be properly brought to book and punished – not released on the whim of some political party or another.”