All unionists should read Sean O’Callaghan’s book The Informer

A letter from Lyle Cubitt:

By Letters
Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 7:30 am
Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

Ruth Dudley Edwards is to be congratulated for highlighting the book by Sean O’Callaghan ‘The Informer’ (‘My friend Sean, the IRA killer who became disgusted with terrorism and turned informer to save life,’ January 27).

I would have thought any person claiming to be a unionist should have read the book years ago (as I did); it would have exposed the dishonesty of various British governments.

Incompetent as the DUP leadership are, even they might have been better prepared for the treachery of Boris Johnson and his motley crew.

Over a year ago I was in London on the occasion when parliament met on a Saturday and as I made my way to Westminster I caught up with Bill Cash MP and said to him: “I suppose you are going to betray Northern Ireland as usual”.

He mumbled that Northern Ireland’s place was secure and in so far as a man of his age and stature could do so he scuttled to the far side of the street.

To quote an extract from page 424: “In the period just before the signing of the Anglo Irish Agreement Adams learned two lessons; John Hume was a bigger player that the Sinn Fein leadership and a British government, even one led by Margaret Thatcher, would ignore the wishes of the unionists if it suited them.”

Was Sean O’Callaghan wrong?

Lyle Cubitt, Ballymena

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