First vilified, now finally, vindicated: How ‘cowardly’ police spent millions in taxpayers’ cash spinning lies for 27 years blaming the fans for the Hillsborough disaster Reads The Daily Mail Online.
I know that many of my readers are possibly unfamiliar with what the Hillsborough disaster was, so here’s an excerpt from the Wikipedia page:
e Hillsborough disaster was a human crush that caused the deaths of 96 people and injured 766 others, at a football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England, on 15 April 1989. The match was the1988–89 FA Cup semi-final, with Hillsborough, home ground of Sheffield Wednesday, selected as a neutral venue.
In English football, most stadiums had steel fencing between the spectators and the playing field in order to prevent friendly and hostile pitch invasions. The crush occurred in pens in the Leppings Lane stand, allocated to Liverpool fans.
I wasn’t there; to be honest, I’m really not that interested in football: I prefer rugby. But I never doubted what the survivors of the disaster said. The police were to blame, and did a very good job of covering up their inability to keep people safe.
I hope the way is well and truly paved to see some kind of justice served now, though I wouldn’t hold my breath whilst waiting: after 27 years, I’m sure that some of those responsible hold very senior position
A Year After Hillsborough, March 31, London.
I was in London on March 31 1990. Much younger back then, I really believed that if thousands of people got together to fight a common cause, in this case, the introduction of the Poll Tax, we could change the world for the better!
From where I was standing, on the edge of an extremely crowded Trafalgar Square, I saw nothing but good humoured protesters from all over the country, people from all walks of life, making a stand together. The first I knew there was trouble was when the police charged us on their horses. Then I realised that we were really in the shit because it was impossible to leave the area: we’d been “kettled“.
My friends and I managed to escape eventually, largely thanks to “rent a mob” arriving late and surprising the police from behind! Who hired them is anyone’s guess: it could have been Thatcher herself for all I know, to discredit the legitimate protesters. However, I will always maintain that the police hit first.
In both these incidents, we should not forget one more important common factor: mainstream media.
The way some of the mainstream newspapers covered the Hillsborough disaster was nothing short of sickening. It was as though the police had come up with a script. Not so unlikely, when it emerges that, according to The Mail Online
South Yorkshire Police today face questions over whether powerful ‘secret society’ the Freemasons held sway over the force at the time of Hillsborough
Don’t let anyone tell you that they do a lot of good work for charity: so does McDonald’s; but it doesn’t make their menu any healthier!
At the Poll Tax protest, I witnessed something which I was naive enough to believe only went on in films. When we reached the gates to Downing Street, a really sleazy photographer can’t up to me, and asked me if i I’d like to earn £20 for one minute’s work. He wanted me to climb the gate and look angry. I didn’t take him up on his offer. He was obviously expecting trouble, but hoping to have his photos before it started. Maybe the media hired rent a mob.
The media have their angle on a story before it happens. The script is written, the stage is set, and too few people question what’s reality…