Gerry Conlon

Wonderful obituary in today’s Guardian about Gerry Conlon, one of the Guildford Four. It feels like ancient history, but it’s a story we do well to remember, as government continues to oil the wheels of machinery which will lock people up without proper scrutiny, using terrorism as the excuse. It’s written, of course, by Gareth Peirce, Conlon’s solicitor and the patron saint of British justice. I went to hear her speak once, at an event chaired by Shami Chakribarti, who is lively, confident and outgoing. By contrast, Perice is quiet, unassuming, almost painfully shy, not keen to claim any limelight at all. But her intelligence, human sympathy and passionate conviction were really impressive, and all those qualities shine through her account of Conlon’s life. Check it out and read it for yourself – you won’t regret it.