Justice campaigners call for action against another Establishment cover-up
THE Grenfell Tower disaster must not lead to another Establishment cover-up, Hillsborough campaigners told the Unison conference yesterday.
They predicted that the establishment would try to close ranks, as it did after the Hillsborough football stadium disaster in 1989 and the alleged police cover-up over attacks on striking miners at Orgreave in 1984.
But the campaigners urged those affected by the tragedy to stick together, saying that the truth would come out eventually.
Meanwhile, Scotland Yard revealed that the Grenfell fire, which is believed to have killed 79 residents of the 24-floor council block and left hundreds more homeless, had been started by a faulty fridge-freezer and helped to spread by cladding that failed new safety tests.
Wirral local government branch secretary Paddy Cleary told the Star that Grenfell campaigners should not give up the fight.
He said: "Don’t let the right wing cover this up. Don’t let this be another attempt by the Establishment to suppress the working-class people.
"The truth will always come out. It’s about fighting for what you believe in.
"I’m a staunch Evertonian," he added, before explaining that he had friends and relatives who were at Hillsborough. He said that, had he been "a red," he could have been there himself.
Mr Cleary said the right-wing Sun newspaper continues to publish stories smearing working-class people.
In the wake of the Hillsborough disaster, an infamous edition of the Sun, bearing the front-page headline "The Truth," falsely claimed that the supporters had picked the pockets of those who had died in the human crush and urinated on police officers.
In response, a high-profile campaign called Total Eclipse of the S*n was set up, along with another called Shun the S*n, as the city’s fury at the tabloid lies transcended the normal tribal loyalties of football.
The Crown Prosecution Service is due to announce next week whether those behind the smears and cover-up will face charges.
Also drawing a parallel with the 1989 disaster, Tottenham MP David Lammy attacked the slow pace at which information about the Grenfell fire is being released to the public.