Monitor: The Sunday newspapers consider the revelations surrounding Melita Norwood
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Monday 13 September 1999
Scotland on Sunday
THE IGNORANCE of successive Home Secretaries on the subject is alarming. The decision not to prosecute a traitor against whom there is powerful evidence is one which should not be taken lightly, or without the Home Secretary's knowledge. There is a pattern of failing to prosecute KGB traitors. The security services may have reason of their own for not wishing to get entangled in prosecutions. But it is difficult to understand how not prosecuting traitors can be in the public interest. We need to deter potential traitors. Granting immunity is not the way to do it.
The Sunday Telegraph
MELITA NORWOOD is a traitor. Yet tough-talking Jack Straw turns a blind eye to her treachery and orders the security services to leave her alone. His double standards allow him to pursue General Pinochet. Yet the evil Mrs Norwood is allowed to live out her last years with impunity principally because she is 87. The General is 83 and a friend of Britain. Mr Straw should either send him home or throw the book at Mrs Norwood, before it's too late. He can't have it both ways.
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