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The Socialist 4 December 2019

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The Socialist issue 1067

Prepare now for the struggles after 12 December


Hong Kong's uprising

South African Airways workers win wage increase after strike action


End profiteering from health - nationalise big pharma


Unite against terrorism, racism, war and austerity

Hillsborough justice eluded

News in brief

Keep up to date with our election coverage


SWR dispute: It's a strike to ensure the safety of the travelling public

Solid support for guards on West Midlands Trains

UCU strikes: more determined than ever

Royal Mail court ruling - national reps meeting and solidarity action essential

Jared Wood overwhelmingly elected to RMT executive

PCS union general secretary election

Northern Ireland: Health workers take action

Workplace news in brief


Fight for your future - join the socialists

Selling the Socialist

Climate strikes: Students and trade unionists protest together

Why I joined: "Proud to be a socialist"

Socialist Students conference: Students and workers united in struggle

Climate change election debate

Carlisle election meeting: Education - time to make the mega-rich and corporations pay


The Great Big Socialist Party Quiz 2019

 
 
 
 
 

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Hillsborough justice eluded

Hillsborough

Hillsborough   (Click to enlarge)

Dave Walsh, Liverpool Socialist Party

In a second trial against David Duckenfield, after the first jury failed to reach a verdict, the former match commander stood accused of gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster in 1989. Under the law at the time, the 96th victim, Tony Bland, was not included in the charge because he died more than a year and a day afterwards.

This time Duckenfield was cleared by a majority decision.

I wrote a piece for the Socialist after the first trial and made the point that Duckenfield's defence was that there were many failings on the day made by other agencies that were outside his control. But this begs the question; why didn't he say this 30 years ago?

Instead, he lied by saying the fans had caused the disaster by forcing open the gates, and he went along with a gigantic cover-up lasting 25 years, that accused the fans of drunkenness, thuggery and violence which impeded police efforts.

The cover-up and lies magnified the pain for grieving families and friends and stigmatised the people of Liverpool for many years as vicious, drunken thugs. The disaster was a result of gross negligence and incompetence, but the cover-up was carefully planned and contrived and was arguably the greater crime.

An inquest jury in 2016 found that 96 fans were unlawfully killed, and cleared Liverpool fans of any blame; only then did Duckenfield's story change.

The victims' families and the Hillsborough Justice Campaign fought long and hard to establish the truth. But despite their achievements, the British justice system shows once again it is incapable of delivering justice for working-class people.


In this issue


What we think

Prepare now for the struggles after 12 December


International socialist news and analysis

Hong Kong's uprising

South African Airways workers win wage increase after strike action


Big Pharma

End profiteering from health - nationalise big pharma


News

Unite against terrorism, racism, war and austerity

Hillsborough justice eluded

News in brief

Keep up to date with our election coverage


Workplace news

SWR dispute: It's a strike to ensure the safety of the travelling public

Solid support for guards on West Midlands Trains

UCU strikes: more determined than ever

Royal Mail court ruling - national reps meeting and solidarity action essential

Jared Wood overwhelmingly elected to RMT executive

PCS union general secretary election

Northern Ireland: Health workers take action

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fight for your future - join the socialists

Selling the Socialist

Climate strikes: Students and trade unionists protest together

Why I joined: "Proud to be a socialist"

Socialist Students conference: Students and workers united in struggle

Climate change election debate

Carlisle election meeting: Education - time to make the mega-rich and corporations pay


Quiz

The Great Big Socialist Party Quiz 2019


 

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