Talk:Airey Neave

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More info please[edit]

"supported covert "civil defence" actions against Harold Wilson's Labour government" What a tease! Rich Farmbrough 14:31, 18 July 2005 (UTC)

The Kevin Cahill (Irish investigative journalist) referred to in the text is not the Kevin Cahill who is referenced by the hyperlink.

Furthermore the article refers to the Wilson government of the "early 70s". Wilson's two administrations were in the 60s (64-70) and the mid 70s (74-76). Edward Heath was PM from 1970 to 1974, which by any reasonable definition must be the early 70s. (qlangley).

Christopher Sykes?[edit]

The link does not seem to refer to any likely person. Is this a reference to Christopher Ewart-Biggs (UK ambassador to Ireland) or Richard Sykes (UK ambassador to Netherlands), both of whom were assassinated by the IRA? Widmerpool 08:15, 11 May 2007 (UTC)

Crackpot assassination theories[edit]

While everybody loves a good conspiracy theory, this page contains too much information on the allegations made by one or two people. There's no actual evidence Neave sought to clean up the intelligence services, and the claim that the INLA lacked the technology to build the mercury-triggered bomb was dismissed by the Irps, who claimed to have tested the device on a member of the UDR months before the assassination.--User:70.52.180.126 05:23, July 20, 2007

The conspiracy content does seem rather weak, and largely based on a second-hand account of Cahill's claims included in Routledge's recent biography of Neave. LeContexte 16:11, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

I seem to recall an award-winning movie was based on one of these conspiracy theories, though I cannot remember the name of the movie. --Vvmodel (talk) 19:23, 10 March 2008 (UTC)

I don't think the information should be deleted. Although I do think Neave's wartime activities and his political career should be expanded.--Johnbull (talk) 14:01, 29 March 2008 (UTC)

Searchlight regiment?[edit]

What's a searchlight regiment? A regiment that operates searchlights? --AW 14:55, 3 August 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia doesn't make it clear, but I think you've hit the nail on the head; based on e.g. this page about the Middlesex Regiment, a searchlight regiment operated searchlights in an anti-aircraft role. Or have a look at this page about the 225th AA Searchlight Battalion. -Ashley Pomeroy (talk) 16:15, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Tugendhat[edit]

The section on conspiracy theories states that "(Journalist Kevin) Cahill suggests a link between Neave's murder and Sir Richard Sykes' murder and the attempted murder of Christopher Tugendhat in December 1980". Wikipedia's article on Christopher Tugendhat mentions nothing of this. The only mention of the incident that I can find on the internet is on this Wikipedia article, which doesn't give a source (the page has one reference, but it doesn't mention Tugendhat). -Ashley Pomeroy (talk) 16:08, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Death[edit]

The article, unreferenced, says "Both of his legs were blown off and he died in hospital an hour after being freed from the wreckage". However, a BBC4 documentary on "The Iron Lady" (broadcast 8pm on 17 June) claims that he was blown to pieces, and that the body could not be identified for several hours. Any verifiable source? --Paul Moloney (talk) 20:24, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

The confusion may arise from the convention that no-one dies in a Royal Palace - they are always declared to have died at th hospital. If anyone dies on the premises of a Royal Palace the reigning monarch has to personally chair the inquest so the pretence that no-one ever does is maintained. (This sentence added by qlangley).

NPOV in death section[edit]

I have read one of Neave's autobiographies and seem to recall that his legs were amputated in c.1960, due to injuries caused in his escape - this was the health problem that led to Heath's quote. Having artificial legs blown off may not have been painful? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Smlark (talkcontribs) 22:11, 10 December 2010 (UTC)

This sentence in the 'death' section: "The nauseous Margaret Thatcher snivelled on television that he was an 'incalculable loss'—and so he was—to the British ruling class" seems to fall down on NPOV. I amended, but it was reverted. Khcf6971 (talk) 02:06, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

It is a perfectly NPOV sentence, if you read it properly. O Fenian (talk) 02:07, 7 February 2010 (UTC)
Sorry - entirely my fault, I didn't pick up on where the quote started and stopped - thank you for the fast revert. Khcf6971 (talk) 02:24, 7 February 2010 (UTC)
I too had qualms about NPOV, as it wasn't that clear that it was a quotation. Hopefully, it should be clear now. Mjroots (talk) 13:47, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

What did Neave get his MC for?[edit]

If someone who knows could add that info, that would be great. 86.184.144.72 (talk) 15:32, 18 July 2012 (UTC)

Was Airey Neave ever stationed in the Cairo-North Africa during WWII when he worked for Military Intelligence ?[edit]

86.151.100.11 (talk) 10:59, 6 January 2013 (UTC)