Grotesque grammar in note to PM

1972 photo of Marian Price and her sister Dolores (left). Photo: PA Wire

1972 photo of Marian Price and her sister Dolores (left). Photo: PA Wire

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A particularly unwieldy sentence in a submission to the Prime Minister was thought so grammatically “grotesque” that it could jeopardise a sensitive request.

The November 1985 document recommended that there be changes to the licences of the Old Bailey bomber Dolours Price (then Dolours Rea after marrying the actor Stephen Rea) to allow her to live in London, partly because her then husband had acting jobs in the capital.

The submission proposed making a change to Mrs Rea’s licence so that she could “live quietly in London so long as there is no adverse information about her activities”.

 

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