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Geldof's actions reek of double standards

Bob Geldof's decision to return his Freedom of the City of Dublin award while it is shared with Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, smacks of double standards (News, November 13).

Mr Geldof apparently sees no contradiction with this decision and his decision to retain his honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Perhaps Mr Geldof might reflect on the 14 innocent people shot dead by British soldiers in Derry on Bloody Sunday in 1972.

These victims had to endure the appalling indignity and lies of the Widgery Report, which branded the victims terrorists.

Lord Saville's conclusions on Bloody Sunday, acknowledged in full by former Prime Minister David Cameron, unambiguously exonerated those killed, yet no one was ever prosecuted for this massacre.

Lt-Col Derek Wilford, the officer commanding the Parachute Regiment responsible for the killings, was awarded the OBE by Queen Elizabeth six months after the killings.

That this man continues to retain his award today puts Lord Saville's findings and Mr Cameron's apology into perspective. It also puts Mr Geldof's sense of ethics in perspective.

Following the killings of Bloody Sunday, the late Beatle John Lennon returned his knighthood to Queen Elizabeth in protest at the behaviour of the Army.

In the face of adversity and charges of disloyalty, he bravely displayed a level of concern for innocent victims of his country's Army when his action was regarded as unpatriotic and even treasonable.

In the end, civilised society will remember the words and actions of John Lennon - not the double standards of Bob Geldof.

TOM COOPER

Dublin

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