Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Sick Thatcher Brighton bomb T-shirt on sale online

The IRA's attempt to wipe out Margaret Thatcher and the Tory Cabinet has been commemorated in a sick T-shirt being sold online.

Brighton bombing t-shirt.
Brighton bombing t-shirt.
File photo dated 12/10/84 of the upper floors of the Grand Hotel Brighton, severely damaged  in the aftermath of an IRA bomb, which was planted during Tory Party conference week. Baroness Thatcher died this morning following a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 8, 2013. See PA story DEATH Thatcher. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire
File photo dated 12/10/84 of the upper floors of the Grand Hotel Brighton, severely damaged in the aftermath of an IRA bomb, which was planted during Tory Party conference week. Baroness Thatcher died this morning following a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 8, 2013. See PA story DEATH Thatcher. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 16:  Sir Mark Thatcher, son of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and daughter Carol Thatcher, leave a private service at the Houses of Parliament ahead of her funeral on April 16, 2013 in London, England. Lady Thatcher's coffin will rest inside the Chapel Of St Mary Undercroft overnight before a ceremonial funeral service is held at St Paul's Cathedral tomorrow.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Sir Mark Thatcher, son of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and daughter Carol Thatcher, leave a private service at the Houses of Parliament ahead of her funeral on April 16, 2013 in London, England. Lady Thatcher's coffin will rest inside the Chapel Of St Mary Undercroft overnight before a ceremonial funeral service is held at St Paul's Cathedral tomorrow. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The ‘Brighton Up Your Day with the Provisional IRA' garment features a picture of the Grand Hotel in Brighton after it was almost destroyed in a Provo bombing.

The 1984 attack during the Conservative Party conference, which was aimed at then Prime Minister Thatcher,  killed five people and injured 31.

Since the former PM's death, sales of the tasteless T-shirts have increased dramatically. Costing just £12.50, they come in a variety of colours and styles.

Ulster Unionist Michael Copeland said he was horrified by the sickening garments.

Although disagreeing with many aspects of Thatcher policy, the East Belfast MLA believes she should be respected in death.

He said: “Death is not something to be celebrated; terrorism is not something to be celebrated.

“Those buying these grotesque T-shirts obviously have no first-hand experience of terrorist acts and the devastation they cause.

“If they did, they would realise there is no cause for celebration.”

IRA man Patrick Magee, who was convicted of the Brighton bombing, still stands by his actions which almost claimed Margaret Thatcher’s life.

The 61-year-old former bomber has said: “I hurt human beings, I was involved in the armed struggle for a long time, I stand over my role in that struggle.

“But I have come to realise that in order to be involved in a conflict, in a war, you have this reduced view of people who you call your enemy.

“You see only the uniform, the political label attached to them or the nationality attached to them.

“You don’t want to be someone my age looking back and knowing you’ve hurt people and you’ve killed people. But I’ve found myself in a situation of conflict, I played a role in that. I thought there were no other options to our communities.”

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