A brilliant verdict that the Hillsborough victims were unlawfully killed and completely exonerates the fans from any responsibility for the catastrophe. Congratulations are due to the families of the 96 for their unstinting and courageous campaign to secure justice. This verdict confirms our views held for 27 years that:
There was a catastrophic failure of those responsible for crowd safety.
The victims and their families were subject to a sustained campaign of lies and vilification by the media, the police and other agencies of the state.
The West Yorkshire police played a particularly pernicious role in falsifying police accounts of events as they did in the miners’ strike.
A debt of honour is owed to the families for exposing the web of lies and distortion which was used to defend those responsible for the catastrophe, who should now be brought to book.