Twenty years ago today, a fine man was foully murdered. Ian Gow had been one of Margaret Thatcher's close associates. No one on the UK mainland had been more resolute in defending the cause of Ulster Unionism. So he attracted the IRA's enmity. Even if not actually in uniform, he fell in battle against terrorism: a battle in which he had been a proud combatant.As he points out, Republicans knew exactly what they were doing by targetting Gow and of all the attrocities carried out by them over the period of the Troubles, this may have been the one to have the had the most longest-lasting historical effect:
In October 1984, the IRA came close to assassinating her. In 1990, by murdering Ian, they helped to bring her down. If Ian Gow had been slain while protecting Margaret Thatcher, he would have died with a smile on his face. But when she most had need of him, her enemies had ensured that he would not be available.
In a fallen world, evil often seems to triumph. Yet the memory of good men is an antidote against evil. Ian Gow left such a memory, in the hearts of all his friends.