Another of my elliptical headings but this one is fairly simple. It stands for Rest In Perpetual Agony and is directed towards Martin McGuinness, a former mass murderer and child killer for the IRA who has announced that he is suffering with a severe illness which has been reported as being Amyloidosis. This is a very complex disease which can attack the heart, kidneys, liver or nerves with a whole variety of symptoms and outcomes but, happily in his case, death is usually one of them. It is not clear how much pain is involved but one can only hope that it is considerable!
McGuinness, of course, was heavily involved in the deliberate and planned murder of Lord Mountbatten in Ireland which, given that Mountbatten was once a distinguished naval officer used to the vicissitudes of war, might be considered a fitting end. But the murder was committed by means of an explosive device planted in a pleasure boat and it was known ahead of the attack that Mountbatten would be accompanied by others including children and also including a local, Irish boy. Despite this, the order was given to proceed and Mountbatten, his grandson, Nicholas Knatchbull, 14, and the Irish lad, Paul Maxwell, 15, were killed instantly. Another passenger on the boat, the Dowager Lady Brabourne, 82, died the day after the attack. Several other people were badly injured.
So I hope that McGuiness is suffering intensely and that the medics can keep him alive, just, for as long as possible and in severe pain. A fitting end, one feels!