Yet another great piece from Guy DeBord’s Cat, this time on Hillsborough. It’s a disgrace that the truth has taken so long to come out, and it is only thanks to the unstinting efforts of the families that it has come out at all. And seeing what has emerged, you can see why so many people in positions of power and influence didn’t want the facts known.

And what of Kelvin Mackenzie, the man who is to journalism what Aidan Burley is to race relations, and his so-called ‘apology’? Well his exact words are: “I published in good faith and I am sorry that it was so wrong.” Not that he was wrong to repeat something that suited his political prejudices perfectly, or repeating a story that the journalists at The Mirror (hardly a paper known for its journalistic integrity during that period) rejected as unverifiable. I’m not for apologies to be honest, especially when, as the Cat points out, MacKenzie clearly doesn’t mean it, but this is worse than saying nothing at all. Admittedly the only act of apology I would accept from MacKenzie would be if he jumped off a tall building with the words “I’m sorry that I’ve been an utter prick my entire professional life” written on his chest, but this was feeble, as pointed out elsewhere.

Guy Debord's Cat

Liverpool is a unique city in many ways. It is a city that is divided by football but also united by it. My family is like a lot of Scouse families: we’re split between the red and the blue halves of the city’s footballing divide. I’m a Liverpool supporter, so was my grandfather, my mum and one of my aunts who’d married a Kopite. The others, my uncles (one of whom played for Tranmere) and aunt, are/were Toffees.  You’d always find Blues and Reds at Prenton Park on Friday nights to watch Tranmere Rovers before going to their respective side’s matches the following day. What other city would you find supporters from rival sides getting on so well? Only in Liverpool. Hillsborough affected not just the city of Liverpool but the rest of Merseyside.

It was 1989 and I was in the final year of my undergraduate degree at Newcastle Poly…

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  1. Dermot
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 14:27:31

    In his Interim Report, published in August 1989, Lord Justice Taylor said

    “Before this Inquiry began, there were stories reported in the press, and said to have emanated from police officers present at the match, of “mass drunkenness”. It was said that drunken fans urinated on the police while they were pulling the dead and injured out, that others had even urinated on the bodies of the dead and stolen their belongings. Not a single witness was called before the Inquiry to support any of those allegations although every opportunity was afforded for any of the represented parties to have any witness called whom they wished. As soon as the allegations I have mentioned were made in the press, Mr Peter Wright, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire, made a dignified statement dissociating himself from such grave and emotive calumnies. Those who made them, and those who disseminated them, would have done better to hold their peace.” [Para 257]

    So there never was any evidence for the Sun “The Truth” headline and that was beyond any doubt by August 1989. The Sun could and should have admitted it was wrong there and then, it did not need to wait for the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report over 20 years later.


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