Let us not forget that when the African native descends into savagery his barbarism knows no bounds. The savages of the Mau Mau committed acts every bit as inhuman as the more recent Rwandan Interahamwe or the Lord's Resistance Army; they were no peaceful innocents but red-eyed heartless killers who tore babes from the womb and inflicted indiscriminate and bloody death by rusty Panga.
Kenya at that time was settled as openly as Surrey; neat bungalows with watered and cropped lawns, schoolboys in shorts and caps, mums on cycles and dads lecturing in short sleeved shirts at Nairobi University. The primitive inhuman threat from the Mau Mau was not just to human life but to the very notion of civilisation. Of course we shot them down like dogs - as we still would if they went on the murderous rampage today in Godalming or Sevenoaks.
The three ex-Mau Mau whose compensation claim has made it to the High Court are wearing grins as wide as jumbos. I'd just as rather see them all three swinging from nooses in the courtyard of Pentonville Gaol.