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Veteran Guardian columnist Roy Greenslade reveals he BACKED the IRA and its bombing campaign

'A COWARD AND A FRAUD'

A VETERAN Guardian columnist has revealed he backed the IRA and its bombing campaign.

Roy Greenslade, 74, now a journalism lecturer, says he has “come out of hiding” to explain why it was justified in using deadly violence.

Mr Greenslade said: “I came to accept the fight between the forces of the state and a group of insurgents was unequal and therefore could not be fought on conventional terms.

“In other words, I supported the use of physical force.”

He added: “However much I believed its tactics to be valid, I could not hope to convince colleagues that the killing of civilians, albeit by accident, was justifiable.”

The media analyst also confirmed he is a member of Sinn Fein, the one-time political wing of the IRA.

Mr Greenslade once guaranteed bail for John Downey, an IRA member accused of participating in the 1982 Hyde Park bombing that killed four soldiers and seven horses.

Mark Tipper, whose brother Simon was among the dead, said: “Downey spent 37 years fighting to evade and escape justice, never disavowing violence.

“While Greenslade continues to prove himself a coward and a fraud.”

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