So now Mad Dog Mordaunt wants to give an amnesty to British service personnel who committed war crimes more than 10 years ago.
Or does she?
The 'amnesty' is not an amnesty - it is a'presumption against prosecution' for offences over 10 years old. A presumption can be rebutted if the evidence is clear and public interest would be served.
So it is another hurdle (and potentially a big one) for a prosecution to get over but not an outright amnesty. If they did it and it is seen that they did it they can be prosecuted and convicted and sentenced.
But is doesn't apply to Northern Ireland anyway which is one of the big bones of contenion.
Which arguably is the one case where the prosecution should look at 'a realistic prospect of conviction' very carefully before bringing a trial given the continuing terrorist war on truth going on in Northern Ireland.
But even there there should be no 'amnesty'
Are we saying that all the international conventions and laws which we have signed in the last 80 years are to be abandoned for Mordaunt's love affair with uniform?
Well she says she wants to opt out of the ECHR in future armed conflict - so maybe.
But actually this looks like meaningless posturing for a power play.
The prosecution already should look at all the circumstances before bringing a case and the trial process should look at all the circumstances in which soldiers sailors and airmen acted at the time to come to a fair assessment of their behaviour.
Despite what the Sun etc say people are not judged by the standards of a North London drawing room when they were being shot at in Iraq or Afghanistan or the Falls Road.
So what she is really saying is - I love big boys in serge and please can I be PM next?
Oh and the Guardian naturally jumps on the bandwagon:
it’s clear, as a matter of political reality, why the government has to exclude Northern Ireland: if it didn’t, it could lead to the murder of UK citizens going unpunished.
But what if the 'political reality' meant that it was not only prosecuting soldiers for 47 year old actions to keep the Republicans happy, but was deliberately suppressing cast iron evidence against 'Sinn Fein' politicians of conspiracy to murder, to keep Republicans happy too? So much for the murder of UK citizens going unpunished eh?