An alternate view of that Report!
In the earlier part of my life, whilst I lived in England, I used to hold the Police as, generally, a friend. My support for the Police has decreased over the years as they have steadily become more and more politicised and political; in their structure, their controlling philosophies, their attitude towards civil liberties and the Rule of Law. It is a fact that the vast majority of law-abiding British people accept the Police, but don’t really trust them. The failures of Policing over the past thirty years are both well-known and substantial, and many of these failings stem from a grasping of the ‘politically-correct’ attitude at all times. But some of the failures are also known because they literally tried too hard, knowing that the accused were guilty, and therefore attempting to gild that same lily with evidence not manufactured but ‘embellished’.
But after going through the ‘Report’ from the ‘Independent Panel’ ( and you can well believe that the title was given them by the last Labour Government without a single blush), I can see that the Police are being hung out to dry. I did not listen to the nauseating self-justification of the Bishop of Liverpool on the BBC this morning, but I would lay good odds on the inclusion of the phrases ‘Justice for the families’, as well as the well-worn words of ‘the truth finally emerging’ about the deaths of 96 football fans at the Hillsborough ground those 23 years ago.
These questions, after the production of this truly self-serving and nauseatingly-righteous report, should be asked:-
What was the common identity of the clowns who massed against the fences, crowding so much that a mounted policeman on his horse felt unable to move? Answer…Liverpool ‘fans’.
The layout of the fencing and manner of static control within the ground had been made necessary by much previous riotous and threatening behaviour by whom? Answer………..Football club ‘fans’ of all shirt colours and hues, whose behaviour could best be described as animalistic.
What was the mass identity of the crowd who literally tried to smash the fencing around the entry gates? Answer……….Liverpool ‘fans’.
Did the ‘alterations’ of police and witness statements provide evidence that any one of those people who died that day could have been saved? Answer………Probably not!
Did the actions of a panicked senior policeman by ordering the opening of the access gates contribute to the crowd packing into the tunnel? Possibly yes, but the police were simply outnumbered by an aggressive, booze-fuelled crowd of Liverpool ‘fans’.
What has been the driving force behind the eternal call by the ‘victims families’ for a re-opening of Inquiries etc. Was it Justice? Was it that the truth finally come out? Was it revenge on a Police Force which, they believed, contributed to the deaths of those ninety-six people?
Or was it just for the Money?