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Old 19-02-2015, 03:39 PM   #48
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Margaret Thatcher speaking to the press immediately after the assassination of Airey Neave..Thatcher speaks kindly of Neave to the press...
Middleton Sheffield Neave DSO, OBE, MC, TD (23 January 1916 – 30 March 1979) was a British army officer, barrister and politician..During World War II, Neave was one of the few servicemen to escape from the German prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C at Colditz Castle.. He later became Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Abingdon..Neave was assassinated in 1979 in a car-bomb attack at the House of Commons.. The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) claimed responsibility..While at Eton, Neave composed a prize-winning essay in 1933 that examined the likely consequences of Adolf Hitler's rise to supreme power in Germany, and Neave predicted then that another widespread war would break out in Europe in the near future.. Neave had earlier been on a visit to Germany, and he witnessed the Nazi German methods of grasping political and military power in their hands.. At Eton, Neave served in the school cadet corps as a cadet lance corporal, and received a territorial commission as a second LT in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on 11 December 1935...He was later recruited as an intelligence agent for MI9. While at MI9, he was the immediate superior of Michael Bentine.. He also served with the International Military Tribunal at the Nuremberg Trials, investigating Krupp.. As a well-known war hero – as well as a qualified lawyer who spoke fluent German – he was honoured with the role of reading the indictments to the Nazi leaders on trial. He wrote several books about his war experiences including an account of the Trials..A temporary lieutenant-colonel by 1947, he was appointed an OBE (Military Division) in that year's Birthday Honours.. He was awarded the Bronze Star by the US government on 23 July 1948,and was promoted to lieutenant-colonel on 1 April 1950..At the same time, his promotion to acting major was gazetted, with retroactive effect from 16 April 1948..He entered the reserves on 21 September 1951...

Report: Daily Mail front page of the attack in 1979..

Airey Neave was killed on 30 March 1979, when a magnetic car bomb fitted with a ball bearing tilt switch exploded under his 1979 Vauxhall Cavalier at 14:58 as he drove out of the Palace of Westminster car park..Both of his legs were blown off and he died in hospital an hour after being freed from the wreckage..Neave's death came just two days after the vote of no confidence which brought down James Callaghan's government and a few weeks before the 1979 general election which brought about a Conservative party victory and Margaret Thatcher came to power as Prime Minister.. Neave's wife Diana, whom he married on 29 December 1942, was subsequently elevated to the House of Lords as Baroness Airey of Abingdon..Kevin Cahill, an Irish investigative journalist, claims Neave was on the verge of a massive overhaul of the security services, possibly involving a merger of MI5 and MI6 and arising from his belief in corruption in the security services.. Cahill suggests a link between Neave's killing, that of Sir Richard Sykes and the attempted murder of Christopher Tugendhat in December 1980.. Cahill claims that Neave would have been head of the combined security services with Sykes and Tugendhat as his deputies, with Sykes responsible for foreign operations and Tugendhat responsible for home operations..Cahill claims to have had a conversation with a drunken Neave on St Patrick's Day 1979 in the foyer of the Irish embassy in London. Cahill had left a party and was waiting for a taxi.. He saw Neave in the room and introduced himself to him as an admirer.. Cahill claims that Neave was inebriated and responded "quite out of the blue" by saying "There are going to be changes here, big changes, soon.. There is going to be cleaning of the stables..There has been serious corruption." Neave then said that there was "no use playing games.. We have to win... We will win when the corruption is sorted out.. Count on that".. Cahill found Neave's remarks surprising because he seemed internally preoccupied with the UK, with his Northern Ireland brief "almost a sideline". Cahill also thought that Neave's mention of corruption meant Soviet penetration...

Whilst working in the House of Commons as Paddy Ashdown's research assistant, Cahill claims to have had around six conversations with the security staff there.. The most frequent remark was that "everyone knew" the story behind Neave's death but that no one could talk about it in detail because it would have been too dangerous.. Cahill claims they did not believe INLA killed Neave but that it was an "inside job".. Cahill concluded that Neave was killed by MI6 agents working with the CIA because Neave sought to prosecute senior figures in the intelligence establishment for corruption..Another person who did not accept the generally accepted version of events was Enoch Powell, the Ulster Unionist MP.. Powell claimed in an interview with The Guardian on 9 January 1984 that the Americans had killed Neave, along with Lord Mountbatten and Robert Bradford MP.. He claimed the evidence came from a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary with whom he had a conversation..On 18 October 1986 Powell returned to the subject of Neave's death in a speech to Conservative students in Birmingham.. He told them that INLA had not killed Neave, but that he had been assassinated by "MI6 and their friends".. Powell claimed Neave's Northern Ireland policy had been one of integration with the rest of the UK and that the Americans feared that this process, if implemented by Neave, would have been irreversible.. His killing, alleged Powell, was intended to make the British Government adopt a policy more acceptable to America in her aim of a united Ireland within NATO..

An Airey house is a type of prefabricated house built in Great Britain following World War II..In 1947, the Central Office of Information commissioned a propaganda film, Country Homes..The Ministry of Works was a department of the UK Government formed in 1943, during World War II, to organise the requisitioning of property for wartime use.. After the war, the Ministry retained responsibility for Government building projects... your thoughts, for they become words.. Watch your words, for they become actions.. Watch your actions, for they become habits.. Watch your habits, for they become your character.. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny..What we think, we become..My father always said that...

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