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A Thorn In Their Side Paperback – October 1, 2013
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About the Author
Robert Green served for 20 years in the Royal Navy from 1962-82. As a Fleet Air Arm observer/ bombardier-navigator, he flew in Buccaneer nuclear strike aircraft and anti-submarine helicopters. On promotion to Commander in 1978, he worked in the Ministry of Defence before his final appointments as Staff Officer (Intelligence) to the Commander-in-Chief Fleet. Having taken voluntary redundancy in 1981, he was released after the 1982 Falklands War, and trained as a roof thatcher in Dorset. In 1984, the murder of his beloved aunt and mentor Hilda Murrell led him to examine and then challenge the hazards of nuclear electricity generation. This, plus the break-up of the Soviet Union, followed by the 1991 Gulf War caused him to speak out against nuclear weapons, the first ex-Commander with nuclear weapons experience to do so.
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The book is extremely thorough and comprehensive in the details and arguments presented.
The author's years of effort have resulted in a compelling amount of evidence pointing to state-directed harassment both in Britain and subsequently in New Zealand, possible involvement in murder and a miscarriage of justice regarding Andrew George, who was convicted of the murder of Hilda Murrell years later based on controversial evidence. The details are chilling. The manner of her death is as shocking to read now as it was then.
I know Shrewsbury very well. I don't need to be persuaded about the way in which our supposedly democratic country can intimidate, harass and sometimes get rid of those it doesn't like. This book is a glimpse into the parallel world of ordinary citizens who find themselves at odds with the state and ultimately at their mercy, though in Hilda's case there was no mercy. It seems she was indeed too much of a thorn in the side of the government of the day and consequently had to be countered. The fact she was a 78 year-old woman made no difference to those responsible for her death.
This book, detailing events of nearly thirty years ago, is as relevant today for anyone else disagreeing with the state as it was then.