27 April 2016
With the publication of the Inquest Report into the deaths of 96 football fans at Hillsborough in 1989, it is possible, yet again, to see the power of the Establishment when it seeks to protect its own.
It has taken 27 years to produce a comprehensive report which comprehensively debunks the version of events that was peddled at the time and since by SouthYorkshire Police and their media connections.
It is also worth considering the connections already made between the police cover-up after Hillsborough and similar activities relating to the Miner's Strike in 1984/5, particularly with regard to the 'Battle of Orgreave' and the subsequent malicious prosecution of miners by the Police.
The Establishment need the apparatus of the State to maintain order and no one is going to suggest that 'Law & Order' are't good for society in general. Similarly, legislation to regulate society's activities is also a good thing, but only when these mechanisms are applied equally to all. Something that doesn't happen here in the United Kingdom.
As a result of the Hillsborough Inquest, heads are beginning to roll and the first of these is that of SYP Chief Constable David Crompton but if you have a look at this website Hillsborough Disaster | unProfessional Standards Department | West Yorkshire Police you'll find that David Crompton is not alone with regard to Hillsborough. And if you read through www.upsd.co.uk you'll find that Hillsborough isn't the only case where Yorkshire Police Forces are under scrutiny.
The sad fact is that the Police, because of their position as an arm of the Establishment, are not accountable and the statement made by South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings hints at that fact. Today he said that he suspended Crompton "with a heavy heart" and as a result of the erosion of the public's trust in the Police and also because of the vocal criticisms made of the Police in Parliament today. Maybe Dr Billings should adopt a more enquiring approach to his position rather than being a puppet.
Posted by niall connolly at 18:28