Hillsborough, the Human Rights Act and here’s an example of post-truth politics

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/network-rail-pulls-adverts-highlighting-12179143

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

You really could not have made this up prior to 2016 but in our new post-truth politics era this kind of thing becomes sadly unsurprising.

The Human Rights Act was used to uncover vital information in the quest for the truth regarding the appalling Hillsborough disaster so that’s a good thing and it is true. What is wrong with repeating the truth please Network Rail?

Yes we know that Mrs May, who wants to reduce our rights by getting rid of the Act, will not like you displaying the Amnesty posters but should you give in to her post-truth views? No you should not.

Running scared of a Government and by implication displaying only what it would or would not want to see is how dictatorships and fascism take root. We are supposed to be a free country.

Hillsborough campaigners – ‘confronted the British establishment at its most corrupt’

The quote above was not actually made about the Hillsborough campaigners but I thought it was most apt when I came across it only this week when reading ‘Against the Grain’ by Norman Baker.

The quote comes from Peter Oborne of The Spectator who reviewed the book but, as I say, I read it just as the the Inquest Jury was announcing the historic verdicts. I suppose it was just a coincidence of circumstances that I happened to pick up the book at the same time but none the less I feel that it sums up what the Hillsborough campaigners have been doing.

Their 27 years of fighting for justice, which of course is ongoing, has been quite remarkable especially as the ruling political establishment over the years had seemingly wanted the whole thing brushed under the carpet.

A quite remarkable group of campaigners.

Dave Hughes – Wear a red carnation for Hillsborough at the Grand National

This blog site is happy to support the campaign of Maghull resident, St Andrews School lollipop man and campaigner Dave Hughes to remember those who lost their lives at Hillsborough by displaying a red carnation during the 2015 Aintree Grand National. Great campaign Dave.

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Nyman’s Hillsborough Symphony

www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28168658

A fascinating tribute. The BBC has the story of yesterday’s first performance, see link above.

Stop Press:-

Here is a report of the concert from Iain Brodie Brown

birkdalefocus.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/the-names-of-96-who-died-at.html