Inquiry demanded after Downing Street ‘used police and courts to smear Orgreave miners’

Striking miners flee a charge by mounted police at Orgreave coking works in south Yorkshire in 1984 [Image: Rex].

Striking miners flee a charge by mounted police at Orgreave coking works in south Yorkshire in 1984 [Image: Rex].


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”.

Source: Downing Street ‘used police and courts to smear Orgreave miners’ | Politics | The Guardian

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2 thoughts on “Inquiry demanded after Downing Street ‘used police and courts to smear Orgreave miners’

  1. Brian

    We have seen decades of political influence through the justice system, covered up by corrupt politicians, it’s still a working part of their tenancy, but one which is now under scrutiny. Shameful acts against citizens are a deplorable part of our history and should be opened to public scrutiny for all to recognize what a corrupt system we have been subjected to. It’s all very well having inquiries, but simply stating ‘lessons have been learnt’ are insufficient to prevent repeats. Measures of accountability must be drawn into law as strict liability so the consequences are prohibitive, the same as criminal law, a facet MP’s seem to think is inapplicable to them.

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