It seems that even the tabloid papers are prepared to take Lord Stevens’ report as a sign that it is time to let the Diana conspiracy theories rest. I suppose there is part of most of us which will wonder whether it really was an accident – as people still question the official report on the assassination of John F Kennedy. On that level, it is surely a healthy part of a functioning democracy that we should not unquestioningly believe what we are told. Healthy scepticism isn’t a bad thing. The real conspiracy theorists, of course, will never let it rest. They move through questioning doubt to the wacky to the obsessive. Back in Northern Ireland, I used to meet anxious people like that quite often. All events – however much they appear to be based on chance – are part of a bigger picture only part of which we can see. Nobody’s motives for their actions are what they say they are. Everything is leading towards a single ultimate end. People like me are blind to the obvious and are relaxed when we should be on guard.
I never found out how to deal with that.