Monday, 22 May 2017
Maria Gatland: Former High Ranking IRA member and Conservative Councillor in Croydon
Maria Gatland was born Maria McGuire in Dublin, Republic of Ireland in 1948, She became an IRA member in the early 1970s. In 1972 she arrived in London and wrote articles for The Observer and also wrote a book describing her experience as member of the IRA.
In 2002, she was elected as Maria Gatland as a member of the Conservative Party and entered Croydon Council representing Croham war. In 2006, she became a cabinet member for Education.
When the Conservative Party found out that she had been a member in early December 2008 she resigned as council cabinet member, was suspended by the party, but returned to the party later on. She was re-elected as Councillor in the 2010 and 2014 local elections.
What is astonishing is that people who have never been involved in any terrorist organisation and who have never committed any crimes are denied the opportunity of joining political parties in the United Kingdom. UKIP, for example, doesn't accept as members former members of various political organisations who, incidentally, never committed any crimes nor were involved with terrorist organisations.
This issue reminds us of the European Convention on Human Rights that explicitly rejects any kind of political discrimination - not that several organisations in the United Kingdom take any notice of the European Convention on Human Rights. In fact, organisations like the Police, the Association of Police Officers and others explicitly violate the European Convention of Human Rights and several members of Parliament including the now late Jo Cox MP actively promoted political discrimination.
What is even more astonishing is that the leadership of parties like the Labour Party that were actively involved with Provisional IRA also promote political discrimination. Ken Livingstone refused 'to share a platform with the BNP' when he comfortably shared a lot more than a platform with a terrorist organisation that killed British men, women and children, killed members of the Conservative Party including a serving MP and also killed Lord Mountbatten, Prince Phillip's uncle.
I have a very funny feeling when writing about this kind of issues. There is a huge amount of duplicity and double-standards, there prejudice, discrimination and harassment against people who never got involved in any crimes, duplicity and double-standards promoted by the political classes and the mass media.