Hillsborough 20 years on

April 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm (hell, history, Jim D, sport, workers)

Hillsborough 20 years on – truth, acknowledgment and justice still lacking

by Will, 11 April 2009


Death on the Terraces: The Contexts and Injustices of the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster — PHIL SCRATON (pdf)

The significance of the Hillsborough disaster is not limited to its broader context and immediate circumstances. A sequence of injustices followed: the appalling treatment of the bereaved and survivors by the police and other authorities in the immediate aftermath; the inhumane police and coronial procedures adopted for body identification of loved ones; the conduct and outcome of the inquests; the systematic review and alteration of police recollections, their transformation into criminal justice statements and Taylor’s acceptance of the process; the judge’s direction of the jury in the private prosecution of Duckenfield and Murray; the taking of body tissue from the deceased without the knowledge or permission of the bereaved. And Eddie Spearritt has received no information regarding his whereabouts between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. when he was admitted to intensive care. The aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster reveals the shortcomings, failings and manipulation of the state’s systems of inquiry and investigation. Over time, it shows how disproved and discredited accounts can be reconstituted and legitimated, how ‘truth’ can be degraded through propaganda to protect powerful interests and how public servants, supposedly legally and politically accountable, can evade the reach of the law.



Will at the Sots reminds us of an important anniversary, and injustices still unresolved.


  1. Lobby Ludd said,

    Yes indeed. This should not be forgotten.

  2. Matt said,

    very good eyewitness account by a fan in today’s Guardian. As the death at the G20 protest showed, neither the police’s willingness to lie to cover themselves or that of press to print their lies without question has declined since 1989.

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