TIL Ross McWhirter, co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records, was openly anti-Irish, advocating for mandatory registration of all Irish people in the UK with local authorities. He was assassinated by the IRA in 1975 by point-blank gunshot to the head.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_McWhirter#Assassination

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  1. >McWhirter advocated various restrictions on the freedom of the Irish community in Britain, such as making it compulsory for all of them to register with the local police and to provide signed photographs of themselves when renting flats or booking into hotels and hostels.[7]

    >In addition, McWhirter offered a £50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction for several recent high-profile bombings in England that were publicly claimed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA). In doing so, McWhirter recognised that he could then be a target himself.[7]

    >This was described as a bounty by McWhirter, and considered a bounty by the IRA Army Council, a view that led directly to the events that followed, although the idea was not originally his, but that of John Gouriet.[8]

  2. Weird… I was just having an argument with someone about how arguing for State violence against others often leads to death by irony. This is a perfect case example.

  3. I can’t say I’m sorry for him. I really can’t bring myself to say that.

    I’m sorry for his family that they lost a father, husband, brother yada yada yada.

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