Was Thatcher to blame for police cover-up?


As a Sheffield Wednesday supporter from the South Yorkshire coalfield who made his first speech at an NUS conference when Jack Straw was president of NUS I feel I have something to add to this debate.


Was Thatcher to blame for the Hillsborough police cover-up? You may well ask is the Pope a catholic?

Thatcher was so obsessed with defeating miner’s leader Arthur Scargill that as well as  blaming striking miners in the early 1980’s for the troubles of the world she also gave the police carte blanch in squashing the miner’s dispute in any way they chose.
The police force are manned by terrific staff, as shown time and again by the way they have dealt with miscreants, from drunks in Wakefield to football hooligans in Chelsea.

But Thatcher and her Government encouraged a police culture that was above the law. So began a culture of impunity in the police service.
Jack Straw said in this morning’s Today programme“They really were immune from outside influences and they could rule the roost. That is what we saw in South Yorkshire,”.
The independent panel whose report revealed the damning truth about the police cover-up gives some weight to Straw’s argument. It revealed that Thatcher penned a note questioning Home Secretary Douglas Hurd’s intention that the government should accept the broad thrust of the Taylor report into the disaster which included criticism of the police.
She wrote: “What do we 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 conclusions. MT.”
Labour’s John Mann is calling for the only Sheffield Tory MP at the time, Sir Irvine Patnick, to be stripped of his knighthood for actively spreading the lies that the Liverpool fans were drunk and violent.
Having been praised by Labour for doing the right thing in the Commons yesterday, David Cameron, the Tory leader, is unlikely to allow Patnick to be humiliated in his old age for repeating what he had been told by the police (shame). One of those who knew him said: “Patnick was gullible.”
But despite bringing the whole stinking affair into the open, Cameron’s party is now likely to be caught up in the calls for justice
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Published by Rob

Now 70, I'm getting back into website development and brand protection, as well as showcasing the delightful artistic talents of my beautiful wife Lynne. My projection will encompass a lifetime of database marketing, as well as the Christian democratic socialist ideals of my wife and I.

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