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Margaret Thatcher and Hillsborough: Her Press Secretary Bernard Ingham’s letter to a ‘disgusted’ Liverpool fan

by | 11th, April 2013

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ANORAK has argued against a minute’s silence at football grounds for Margaret Thatcher. She was no football fan. Her time as Prime Minister coincided with English football’s slide into darkness. The nadir was the Millwall fans rioting at Luton Town. The horrors were at Bradford City (56 dead), Heysel (39) and Hillsborough. Of that last tragedy in which 96 Liverpool fans – adults and children – lost their lives at the FA Cup semi-final, voices poured misinformation into Thatcher’s ear. She was a willing audience to their lies – “One officer, born and bred in Liverpool, said that he was deeply ashamed to say that it was drunken Liverpool fans who had caused this disaster, just as they had caused the deaths at Heysel.” 

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, has not forgotten. She puts it well:

“It’s a terrible thing to speak ill of the dead, I know, because it happened to my son and all the Hillsborough victims for 23 years. But if they do hold a minute’s silence for Margaret Thatcher, I think they are making a big mistake.”

She added:

“Somebody fed those lies, I think she was part of it and she knew about it. That’s why I feel the way I do.”

The police lied. The media colluded in the lies. The Government would not listen to any other point of view. The talk was of fencing the fans in like cattle; ID cards; and football fans as criminals. English football was set up to die.

There is no evidence to prove the claims that Thatcher had anything to do with the shameful cover-up which made the innocent agents of their own deaths. Hillsborough was 1989. Thatcher left Downing Street for the last time in 1990. But her view was of

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