- “Our Robert”
In the midst of all the recent monotonous excitement of a British general election, a family is bereaved by the murder of their father. Fingers point and gossip is ripe, much of it hinting at a possible revenge for one, Robert McCartney. No proof of Gerard Davison’s alleged role in McCartney’s killing has been brought forward: just the say so of the McCartney’s sisters’. And who are we to disagree with them?
No SDLP standing on the doorstep of the Davison household demanding that the McCartneys hand over any information they have about who Davison’s enemies might have been. No trips to Stormont for Davison’s family to be consoled in the arms of our Ministers who promise no stone will be left unturned in bringing his murderers to justice. No trip to Dublin to be insincerely welcomed by Kenny and his brood, rubbing their hands with glee at their windfall of another rotten apple to throw at Sinn Féin. Nor, a trip to the USA to stand beside the most powerful murderer in the world who demands justice for them.
No: no candle light vigil demanding justice, no, none of that for Davison, for he lost the right as a human being when he was pronounced guilty by the media long ago of the same fate that befell him.
The McCartneys, in a much warranted break from the British media election frenzy, are back on centre stage again. With glum faces, they recall the fate that befell ‘our Robert’ and yet fail to adequately convince the public of their sincerity that they equate the loss that they felt with that of the loss the Davison family are feeling. It would seem that McDonnell, Kenny and Clinton’s sincerity is catching!
Still demanding justice from a dead man (perhaps the fate that befell the body of the murderous Francesco Salviati, Archbishop of Pizza, may provide them with a possible solution in their quest for justice), and condemning those who speak kindly of Davison, they don’t publicly state who they think murdered him. Yet suspects abound!
Like the rest of us they probably have their own prime suspect, family friend or foe! While we assume they would never approve of what happened to Davison, it might well turn out that this was indeed a dish best served cold for “our Robert” if those arrested by the PSNI are anything to go by. The McCartney's feel aggrieved that they will not find true justice for the murder of “our Robert” now that the alleged murderer of the murdered has been murdered - possibly by a close ‘associate’ of the murdered. Some people are never pleased.
In a letter to the Belfast Telegraph, Emeritus Professor of Economic and Social History Liam Kennedy praises the McCartney’s for their condemnation of the infamous ‘advert’ and repeats their claim that Davison gave the order for Robert’s brutal death. The professor then goes off on a rant attacking those groups who signed the advert, questioning how they are financed, the qualifications of their staff and what appears to be their sectarianism. He points out that it:
- "reads like a roll call of nationalist organisations, suggesting some kind of communal sectarian reflex behind the initiative".....
- "The bombastic account of his life was notable for what it didn't say. But down the years the silenced voices in the Markets and the Short Strand have spoken privately of a different man, of someone they feared and for whom they had little respect.”........
- "In view of Davison's questionable past, one wonders why certain community groups, many funded by British and European taxpayers, would rush to produce the kind of hagiography apparent in that notice. Was this a misuse of public funds?".......
And he goes on to question how past paramilitaries are involved in community groups paid for by public monies and should there not be some form of vetting involved. Has he never wondered why no British Unionist has never called for what he writes?
A letter that seems to be loaded with self-inflicted foot wounds and none more painful and to the point than the ‘publicly funded’ and 'unvetted' university his salary and he have always been associated with – quite a nest of conservative and radical ideas repeatedly lectured to students! Charlie Hebdo anyone?
Davison - an intelligent man (but that trait alone should be no debarment to commit murder) and a highly thought of member of his own community and whose years of ‘community’ work within the Markets area was eulogised by the quantity of signatories of various community groups on an advert - has been denigrated by the media,to the level of disdain often reserved for Jihadists.
No doubt he had his faults. And his links to the night of Robert McCartney’s death have never been fully explained. But likewise, neither has his guilt been even closely proven. So we must assume, as is natural, innocent until proven guilty.