Hillsborough: Apologies, Truth & Justice

The last twenty-four hours or so have been rapidly evolving series of watershed moments for the perception of the Hillsborough disaster of 1989. The last cobwebs of doubt have been swept away from the naysayers, and those that might have sought to place the blame for events of that day on anybody other than those that were supposed to be in charge of safety that day. In addition to this, we have had the full extent of the conspiracy to cover it up laid bare in front of us. To use the word “conspiracy” calls to mind those cranks who believe that the FBI was behind 9/11 or that Frank Sinatra carried out the murder of John F Kennedy, but it seems appropriate to use it in this case. Instruments of the state – an MP, government supporting media and the police – co-ordinated a smear campaign against the deceased in a disaster to cover up the shortcomings of those responsible for what happened. So, over the last twenty-four hours there have been apologies. The Prime Minister, after his apology for Bloody Sunday a couple of years ago, is now well-versed in what needs to be said in such situations, but he apparently couldn’t resist the temptation to remind all listening just how much the police have changed, and to subsequently remind us of this several times over. Those...

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