Hillsborough: 23 years of conspiracy, collusion and cover-up
The ignorant, conceited and self-righteous often suffix the word ‘conspiracy’ with ‘nut’, as though the mere belief in the capacity of the rich and powerful to collude and plot amounts to evidence of some sort of mental imbalance in the believer. These people prefer to play the man, not the ball, invariably because they are deficient in reason and devoid of grace. They are perhaps even fearful of the truth, preferring the refuge of ad hominem in order to avoid having their petty little worlds of self-delusion offended by a single ray of potential enlightenment. Most often, they are blind to their own proclivity toward conspiracy, for the systematic defamation and summary dismissal of the ‘conspiracy nut’ is itself a kind of conspiracy against discovering deeper truth. The mature philosopher greets proposition with counter-proposition; the immature fool with insult. Such people are sadly oblivious to their own closed minds, and blind to their personal biases and bigotry.
The truth is that conspiracies are hatched and collusion perpetrated at the highest levels of political governance and law enforcement, all aided and abetted by a complicit media which is more than content to restrict the parameters of public debate in order to protect the source of their privileged access, scoops and exclusives. They tend to perpetuate their incestuous cabals, appointing only the like-minded and elevating their favourites to positions of power and influence. This is the ugly truth of the darkness at the heart of our mainstream media: in order to deflect and dominate the narrative, they isolate, ridicule and abuse those whose worldview or belief happens to be antithetical to their own.
The Prime Minister has rightly apologised for the Hillsborough conspiracy – for the shocking and systematic cover-up of what really happened on that tragic day in 1989 when 96 football fans left home to watch a football match, but never returned. Crushed to death, trampled upon, agonisingly asphyxiated; each of them mourned and missed for these past 23 years. We were told that they were drunk; that they urinated on the police; that they had no valid tickets of entry into the stadium. Their deaths, though tragic, were accidental; hastened and brought on by their own stupidity and irresponsibility. So the police briefed the politicians; the politicians disclosed to the media; the media informed the public; the public swayed the politicians, who briefed the media...
For 23 years the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives and friends of the victims have campaigned for the truth.
For 23 years they have contended with personal abuse, ridicule, vilification, fabrication and lies – from senior politicians, the police, emergency services, coroners and the media. This is the Establishment.
Minus the Church.
It is somehow fitting that the highly-respected and trusted Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd James Jones, should be the one to investigate this appalling saga and issue a justifiably damning report.
His Grace won’t repeat the devastating findings of the Report: they may be read in summary here, here or in full here. But to read with shame and sorrow that 41 of these 96 victims might have been saved; that evidence was tampered with; that witness statements were redacted; that politicians were deceitful; that the Coroner was deficient; that the media misled... all amounts to institutional conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
The Prime Minister rightly apologised to the victims’ families and to the whole nation. He declared that the disclosure of truth must be followed by justice.
Surely all those who defamed the relatives of the deceased and the people of Liverpool must apologise. Surely the Coroner’s verdicts of ‘accidental death’ must be changed to manslaughter. Surely all those who colluded and conspired in this cover-up should be prosecuted and punished.
And surely we must learn from this not to rush habitually to denigrate the ‘conspiracy nut’, for it is not beyond the realms of possibility that someday the truth will be revealed and they shall be vindicated.