James O'Brien is Leading Britain's Conversation.
8 December 2016, 09:56
Nick Ferrari labelled the investigation into British soliders in Northern Ireland as "wholly and utterly bloody ridiculous".
Up to 1,000 ex-servicemen, many of them now in their 60s or 70s, will be investigated over the murders of 302 people in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
That infuriated Nick, who believes the brave men and women of the military were simply following orders.
Speaking on his LBC show, he said: "This is wholly and utterly bloody ridiculous.
It is tragic that 302 people were killed by British troops in 30 years of the trouble. Do you know how many unsolved murders there are in Northern Ireland during that same period of time? Try 3,269 unsolved murders.
"Now, they're not all going to be in the hands of the IRA or indeed at the hands of the other side either, but some will be.
"Are we going to investigate those? No. Are we going to pursue some soldiers in their 60s and 70s? Yes, we can't get round to it quick enough.
"Can you remember what you were doing in 1969?No of course you can't, it's absolutely absurd.
"And what about the 156 IRA suspects who were handed letters telling them they were free from prosecution in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, courtesy of Tony Blair? I just explored that with the MP. What about those? They included, by the way, the killers of Lord Mountbatten, given a pardon.
"All these soldiers who went there, doing their duty. And by the way, if they'd gone around randomly shooting people, they would have been shopped by their own. It was a bloody conflict in every sense of the word. 18 British soldiers slaughtered in the deadliest IRA attack, appalling, at Warrenpoint. Brave men and I'm sure women as well, serving over there. Now some in their 60s and 70s pursued by another gang a bloody ambulance-chasing lawyers. It is a disgrace. And if you are one of those soldiers or indeed you're related to or you just have views. Get it off your chest. It's horrific.