British Hillsborough football fans’ deaths, Thatcher, Murdoch guilty

This video from Britain says about itself:

‘We told you The Sun lied‘: Hillsborough 96 families

27 April 2016

As the Murdoch press’ front pages today ignore the Hillsborough verdict,

including the Times, supposedly the ‘quality’ paper of the Murdoch empire

the families of the 96 said yesterday ‘we told you they lied’, ‘they’ being The Sun, the government and the police. The families believe the lies deprived the memory of their loved ones, who were portrayed as scum, of justice. That justice came yesterday after 27 years of campaigning and a two-year inquest with more than 800 witnesses that was the longest jury hearing in British legal history. The Sun apologised for their 1989 infamous editorial ‘The Truth’ in 2012. As did BoJo [London Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson] in the same year for his 2004 editorial in the Spectator. The piece shows how ingrained the image of Liverpool fans as ‘tanked-up yobs’, coined by Sir Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher‘s former press secretary, was in the establishment:

“Liverpool is a handsome city with a tribal sense of community. A combination of economic misfortune – its docks were, fundamentally, on the wrong side of England when Britain entered what is now the European Union – and an excessive predilection for welfarism have created a peculiar, and deeply unattractive, psyche among many Liverpudlians. They see themselves whenever possible as victims, and resent their victim status; yet at the same time they wallow in it.

Part of this flawed psychological state is that they cannot accept that they might have made any contribution to their misfortunes, but seek rather to blame someone else for it, thereby deepening their sense of shared tribal grievance against the rest of society. The deaths of more than 50 Liverpool football supporters at Hillsborough in 1989 was undeniably a greater tragedy than the single death, however horrible, of Mr Bigley; but that is no excuse for Liverpool’s failure to acknowledge, even to this day, the part played in the disaster by drunken fans at the back of the crowd who mindlessly tried to fight their way into the ground that Saturday afternoon. The police became a convenient scapegoat, and the Sun newspaper a whipping-boy for daring, albeit in a tasteless fashion, to hint at the wider causes of the incident.”

That prevailing image of the victims could explain why it took so long to identify the real culprits, as Peter Fahy, former Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police says “The Taylor Report way back in 1989, identified a lot of the failings, which have been confirmed in the hearing today.” Margaret Aspinall who lost her son James in the disaster focused on how much the truth was suppressed all these years and that ‘a lot of things that came out in the past few weeks I didn’t know myself.’

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Justice at last

CROWN Prosecution Service lawyers have the responsibility now to take appropriate action after the Hillsborough disaster inquest jury decisions.

While the families of the 96 dead Liverpool FC fans see the culmination of their determined campaign as “justice at last,” the Establishment’s stringing out of this process for 27 years amounts to justice delayed and frustrated.

Some campaigners have not lived to see this day. Senior police have put families through hell by using delaying tactics to deny an undeniable truth.

When senior police officers fail to carry out their duties, with fatal consequences, there must be a legal reckoning.

But the Hillsborough families were the victims of a conspiracy in which police, the Murdoch media and politicians fed each other lies to be repeated as widely as possible to give the false impression that the fans’ behaviour contributed to the tragedy.

Football fans were viewed by Margaret Thatcher’s government as savages to be penned in behind steel fences, preventing their evacuation during overcrowding.

They were traduced in Murdoch’s Scum [Sun] as being drunken yobbos, forcing their way onto the terraces, robbing the dead and urinating on police, thus contributing to a general image of savagery.

Scum editor Kelvin MacKenzie claimed that these allegations emanated from the police.

Perhaps the CPS should give thought to conspiracy charges being laid against those it believes may have engaged in joint enterprise to besmirch the names of 96 dead LFC supporters and their fellow fans.

A full 27 years after the event, the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster concluded that 96 Liverpool Football Club supporters, crushed to death on April 15, 1989, were unlawfully killed. The verdict in the longest jury case in British legal history vindicates the extraordinary campaign by the families, friends and supporters of those killed, injured and traumatized: here.

Hillsborough inquest: legal system a key part of establishment that failed families for years. The inquest delivered the basic justice people had waited 27 years for – but a detached judge and police repetition of old, putrid claims prolonged the nightmare: here.

41 thoughts on “British Hillsborough football fans’ deaths, Thatcher, Murdoch guilty

  1. Excellent post! A terrible injustice has finally be righted. I hope all those who lied and conspired to cover up their failings, all those responsible for the 96 dead, and all those who besmirched their names will be charged and brought to justice.


  2. Thursday 28th April 2016

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

    South Yorkshire police face major overhaul

    TOP cop David Crompton was suspended yesterday after a jury ruled the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy were unlawfully killed.

    The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police was suspended by South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings, who said he had no choice but to act “based on the erosion of trust and confidence.”

    The suspension relates to South Yorkshire Police solicitors’ defence of officers throughout the re-called inquest into the deaths after original findings of “accidental deaths” were quashed by law lords.

    Dr Billings, a former Anglican clergyman and teacher from Barnsley in South Yorkshire, was at Hillsborough in its aftermath.

    He responded to an emergency call for clergy and social workers to help “bewildered and frightened families looking for their relatives who had been in the ground.”

    Before making his decision to suspend the chief constable he said: “South Yorkshire Police failed the 96 families in 1989.”

    The Hillsborough disaster took place on April 15 of that year, when Liverpool FC was due to play Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium.

    Acting on senior officers’ instructions, police opened gates and directed 2,000 Liverpool fans into the already packed Leppings Lane end of the ground, causing the crush which killed 96 and left 766 injured.

    Dr Billings said the suspension is “with immediate effect pending a legal process” and that a new senior police leadership team will work with the government and the public to build trust and confidence in the force.

    His decision followed a House of Commons debate on the “unlawful killings” ruling handed down on Monday.

    Home Secretary Theresa May told MPs yesterday that the jury’s findings would not necessarily lead to the prosecution of South Yorkshire police officers responsible for the tragedy.

    She said: “The jury’s findings do not amount to a finding of criminal liability.”

    But Labour shadow home secretary Andy Burnham made an impassioned speech in which he demanded the resignation of South Yorkshire’s chief constable.

    Mr Burnham also called for an inquiry into South Yorkshire Police’s action five years earlier, when it was involved in co-ordinated violence against striking miners who were picketing a cokeworks at Orgreave, near Rotherham.


  3. Thursday 28th April 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    RIGHT-WING rag The Sun came under fire yesterday for keeping the Hillsborough verdict off its front page.

    Four days after the 1989 tragedy the paper ran a front page story proclaiming to tell “The Truth” about the disaster which left 96 people dead.

    It featured claims from an anonymous policeman that some fans had “picked pockets of victims,” “urinated on cops” and that some beat up a policeman giving the “kiss of life.”

    The paper relegated the historic verdict to the inside pages however, alongside a grovelling leader admitting The Sun had “swallowed whole” a “pack of lies” given by the police.

    Comedian Rory Bremner said it was “extraordinary” the story was relegated to pages eight and nine.

    The story also didn’t appear on the front page of its sister paper The Times, which admitted it had “made a mistake” by neglecting the news, which was front page in every other major newspaper. It ran a picture story on later editions after a revolt on the sports desk.


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  5. Friday 29th April 2016

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain

    South Yorkshire cops say they did ‘good job’

    A RETIRED police officers’ group has sparked fury after it claimed that members of the South Yorkshire force “did a good job” in the 1980s — just days after a damning verdict was handed down over its handling of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

    Inquests into the tragedy which concluded this week found that errors by South Yorkshire police contributed to the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at a Liverpool v Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi-final — and they then tried to cover up those mistakes and smear the victims instead.

    But in a message, apparently accidentally posted on the organisation’s website, National Association of Retired Police Officers (Narpo) South Yorkshire branch secretary said ex-officers acted with “dignity” despite “bile and hatred.”

    In a message entitled “It was a bad day” Mr Naylor, who was one of the officers policing at Hillsborough that day, wrote: “After all that transpired yesterday it has not shaken my belief — I worked in a great police force with fantastic people who did extraordinary things.”

    “Mistakes were made,” he said, “but beyond these headlines the communities of South Yorkshire were served by dedicated police officers, full of good humour, courage, and selflessness — and that was you.

    “You will be feeling sore, angry and disheartened and that is understandable but you did a good job — we all did!”

    Labour MP for Liverpool Walton Steve Rotheram slammed the comments, saying: “It’s totally insensitive. For families — for them at long last to have some faith in the British judicial system and that the police had changed and that things were different — it feeds that ‘us versus them’ and we thought we’d put a line under that.

    “I don’t think there was bile and hatred towards police officers, I think the bile and hatred was one way and that was towards Liverpool fans and some of that was a direct consequence of the police being part of an orchestrated cover-up.”

    Barry Devonside, whose son Christopher died in the tragedy, told the BBC: “They didn’t do a good job. Yes, I saw police officers endeavouring to give mouth-to-mouth or CPR and those people were excellent.

    “But the sad thing is they were only a few, maybe on two hands you could count them.”


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