Monday, 20 February 2017
As UKIP on Merseyside falls apart over Paul Nuttall's lies, Hillsborough continues to haunt British politics and even the wider culture, as the perfect encapsulation of the Britain of the 1980s.
Scousers, Northerners in general, working-class people (perhaps especially men), football supporters in the days before the poshest Prime Minister since 1964 was pretending to support some made-up team: no one cared even if 96 such people were unlawfully killed in a single afternoon.
Indeed, everyone who mattered thought that that killing was a social service, and the whole thing was treated as an object of ridicule for decades.
Again, the perfect encapsulation of Britain in, and since, the 1980s.
But, as the saying goes, "The North Remembers". For ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever.