Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Orgreave Truth and Justice, Indeed

"There's no need, because it couldn't happen now," is a clear admission of guilt.

That amounts to saying, "But it did happen then."

Why did Labour never hold an inquiry into Orgreave?

The Durham Miners' Gala was held less than a mile from the start of Blair's constituency. Yet he never turned up to it. Not once.

So we all know what he thought of "people like that".

But we will also know the specific reason when that inquiry is indeed held. As it will be.

There were only no convictions because the mightiest trade union of them all was able to pay for the best lawyers.

All of that was destroyed by the destruction of that union, making possible the devastation of trade unionism in general.

Those men would have gone to prison (where they had already been held at obscene length) on fabricated evidence if they had been tried today.

That probably happens all the time, or at least fairly regularly.

So much for the Thatcher Government's defence of the Rule of Law. 

The abrogation of it in order to defeat the miners was the end of it for the working class.

And the end of the Rule of Law for one section of society, or even for one individual, is, by definition, the end of the Rule of Law for everyone.


  1. I couldn't help but agree with Peter Hitchens who, in his latest interview, points out that a contest between Trump and Clinton shows "the jig is up" for democracy in the Anglosphere.

    We've entered the "Weimar Republic stage" he says.

    He's sadly right,

    1. There is no "Anglosphere". America, a totally different place, has always been astonishingly corrupt, and it has always teetered on the edge of demagoguery. But on topic, please.