Make a date in your diary: Tuesday – the showdown between the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and home secretary Amber Rudd.
There is very clearly prima facie evidence of undue political interference in policing and the courts.
In the light of the ongoing investigations into political and police tampering with evidence regarding Hillsborough, it seems to This Writer that an inquiry must be announced.
It will be interesting to see how the Tories try to slither out of it.
Previously unseen documents suggesting that a politically motivated operation involving the police and courts was launched against miners involved in the 1984 Orgreave confrontation in Yorkshire will be used to put fresh pressure on the home secretary to announce a public inquiry at a meeting with campaigners this week.
A legal case has been lodged with the Home Office which, it is claimed, offers evidence of the “wrongful arrest of 95 miners, the deliberate falsification of a narrative against them from the outset, the immediate presentation of that false narrative by police to the media and its uncritical acceptance by the latter”.
At a meeting with the home secretary, Amber Rudd, on Tuesday, a delegation from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign will demand action over claims police officers were also guilty of usurping parliamentary supervision and redefining the law in a “pre-planned, militarised police operation”.
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