Hillsborough – A Defeat for the Establishment

Everyone watching the unravelling of the cover up of the Hillsborough tragedy cannot fail to be moved by the stoic resolve of the grieving families. The tragedy, which touched the nation, especially those who love and watch the beautiful game, was preventable and the Liverpool fans were innocent. Football supporters who were at games during the 1980s know it could have easily been them.

The tragedy exemplifies all that is good and bad within Britain, not only in the 1980s but here and now in 2016. The lies, smears, and cover up by the establishment are about protecting their own whilst attempting to lay blame on working class people who only went to watch a football match.

In stark contrast the dignified resistance of the bereaved families, their refusal to accept defeat and their determination to fight for truth and justice for 26 years illustrates all that is good in Britain.

Those officers who were serving in the South Yorkshire Police have to face criminal charges; the passage of time cannot be used as an excuse not to do so. Likewise there has to be an investigation into the involvement of the government at time. It is evident that Thatcher questioned the outcome of the 1989 Taylor interim report, saying “What do we (the government) mean by ‘welcoming the broad thrust of the report’? The broad thrust is devastating criticism of the police. Is that for us to welcome? Surely we welcome the thoroughness of the report and its recommendations – M.T.”

Undoubtedly the Eton club in the cabinet will seek to prevent an investigation; after all, the establishment will want to look after its own once more.

The steel workers are currently fighting for their livelihoods and workers at BHS are doing likewise after Green legally siphoned off £400 million. The NHS is being dismantled before our very eyes; only the junior doctor’s struggle is preventing the government from achieving its aims.

They and the bereaved Liverpool families are an example for us all. Their determination to fight is a lesson that has to be learnt by many workers and trade unions if they are to resist the destruction of their industries and communities.

 

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