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