Lord Bew wants a history from “direct rule up to at least the Good Friday Agreement”. He expects papers released over the next six years to describe the backdrop to 1993’s Downing Street Declaration (“the cornerstone of the peace process”). “You’ll be able to see the thinking that went into it explicitly”.
Also relevant, he said, are exchanges between Prime Minister John Major and Taoiseach Albert Reynolds. Lord Bew said a history could see papers around the 1995 Framework Document and 1998 Belfast Agreement and showing “the government’s real attitude” to decommissioning.
A history would substitute a “more realistic conception” of events for the “infantilised version of the past” held in popular consciousness.