|Head of South Yorkshire Police's Black Propaganda Unit - Sir Norman Bettinson - Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police and ex-Merseyside Police Chief - Doesn't Get It But Will Soon|
They Libelled the Dead to Flatter A Violent & Corrupt Police Force
|The horror of those at the front of the pen - metal fences designed to stop fans running on the pitch spelt death to those at the front|
|Trevor Hicks - Chair of the Family Support Campaign at Press Conference - described Kelvin MacKenzie as 'low life but clever low life'|
|Another example of the Sun under Mackenzie glorying in Thatcher's mass murder of Argentinian naval conscripts|
|These are the people that the Sun libelled|
|Liverpool Fans Won't Forgive Postger|
|Fans trying to escape the crush are hauled up by Liverpool fans - not the cops|
I can remember the tragedy of Hillsborough well enough. I spent most of my childhood living in Liverpool and came from there to study in Brighton in 1974. The tragedy of 96 dead at Hillsborough had an enormous impact on the people of Liverpool. What they didn’t expect or deserve was to be libelled by a corrupt police force and their mouthpiece, the equally corrupt and rotten Sun ‘newspaper’.
|Gathering at Liverpool's famous St. George's Hall|
But no one should believe that this was an ‘error’ for which the Sun has now profusely apologised. It was par for the course. That headline ‘The Truth’ has come to haunt the Sun’s owners like no other headline, but the Scum’s regrets are purely financial. Its infamous editor, Kelvin MacKenzie, glorified in the deaths of one thousand sailor aboard the General Belgrano during the Falklands/Malvinas war. ‘Gotcha’ was the infamous headline, for which he received plaudits for capturing the 'national mood'.
MacKenzie has now offered his ‘profuse apologies to the people of Liverpool’ after 23 years and the Taylor Inquiry of 1990, which saw through the lies of the Police. Taylor was the most liberal Lord Chief Justice Britain has had until his premature death in 1996.
What can be more pathetic than this wretched former editor explaining why he was duped:
''I had absolutely no reason to believe that these authority figures would lie and deceive over such a disaster.”
As Trevor Hicks, Chairman of the Liverpool Families Support Group said of MacKenzie, he is ‘low life, clever low life, but low life.’ Which is why the BBC regularly uses him as a pundit. The BBC has a particular fondness for far-right presenters from Jeremy Clarkson, Robert Kilroy-Silk (remember him?) to Kelvin MacKenzie. It’s what they call balance and impartiality.
But the Sun’s attacks on Liverpool fans was of a piece with its consistent attacks on workers since Murdoch took over. Its villification of the Miners’ year long strike to keep the pits open was second to none. Any worker defending his or her job and rights was fair game. It was the Sun that helped destroy the printing unions when they moved to Wapping. The Sun has always been viciously anti-union and it was the Sun 'wot won it for the Tories'.
|Far-right scumbag and Sun owner Rupert Murdoch - not a good year|
|Chairman of the Independent Panel which finally uncovered the extent of police malpractice|
I was one of a number of people who went on a solidarity visit from Brighton Miners’ Support Group to stay with the striking miners of Armthorpe in the winter of 1984. Their colliery, Markham Main was solid throughout the strike. We learnt that the Police had sealed off the village earlier that year for three days and gone on a violent rampage through it.
It is a matter of shame in Liverpool to be seen in possession of this rag. The Sun is owned by the mega-rich far-right ex-Australian, now US citizen, Rupert Murdoch, whose media channels, such as Fox, regularly attack anyone who is poor, homeless or seeks justice.
It is no accident that the most pro-Zionist newspaper of the British press and the most anti-Muslim, has consistently been the Sun. Racism and contempt for independent working class politics go hand in hand.
An apology as genuine as a 9 bob note
The Suns’ apology is as genuine as a nine bob note. Its only concern is its ability to raise funds for News International. It lives on jingoism and patriotism. A hatred of anyone who is different. But patriotism has always been the last refuge of a scoundrel. Scapegoating is the Sun's bread and butter.
The Sun supported the Iraq war and the million dead that followed, long after even the most atavistic supporter of war had seen through Blair’s lies. It is, after all, the paper of ‘our boys’ or rather Exxon and BP, and British capitalism’s need to punch above its weight. ‘Our boys’ tend to be forgotten though when they are dead or crippled.
|The Princess landing stage where thousands of Irish immigrants entered Liverpool|
In the 1960’s it was of course famous for the Merseybeat and The Beatles. It represented the cultural and musical hub of Britain. John Lennon in his Sometime in New York City album wrote Sunday Bloody Sunday, about the massacre by the Parachute Regiment in Derry (another cover-up exposed) and the pro-IRA ‘Luck of the Irish’ – a haunting ballad. Even Tory Paul McCartney had a single about returning Ireland to the Irish.
And coupled with this was the fabled militancy of Liverpool workers who tenaciously defended their jobs and conditions at Fords Halewood, Girling Brakes, Metalbox and many other factories located largely in what is now the industrial desert of Speke. The dockers, all 10,000 of them, were the most militant in the country. In 1984-5 Liverpool Council, under Militant control, refused to set a rate and all its councillors were surcharged though at the height of the Miners' strike they reached a deal with Tory local government minister Patrick Jenkins, only to be isolated the following year.
|Still senile - Thatcher visiting Hillsborough the day after deplored Peter Taylor's report . She urged Home Secretary Douglas Hurd not to welcome its 'broad thrust'|
|Banner of those seeking justice for the 96 killed|
The days of Sir Norman Bettison, Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police and also a former Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, are also numbered. An inveterate liar who co-ordinated the editing of police witness statements for the Taylor inquiry, removing ‘hearsay and emotional baggage’ is likely to be forced to resign, since even now he doesn’t get it.