The police must no longer be immune from radical reform

September 18, 2012 in Breaking News, Home Feature, Reform & Corruption by Larry Fedja

originally by: Andrew Rawnsley 
published: 16 September 2012

He did it very well, did David Cameron. One of the dimensions of being prime minister at which he excels is crafting the right language and striking the appropriate tone on grave or shocking occasions or, in this case, responding on behalf of both government and country to a shockingly grave report.

He delivered a model statement of penitence for what he correctly called “the double injustice” done to the victims of the Hillsborough stadium crush.

It is always easier, mind, to say sorry for a disaster that was someone else’s fault. The bigger test is what happens next. It is wrong to think of Hillsborough, and the disgusting conduct of some members of the South Yorkshire force, as a tragedy to be deeply regretted and then filed away as an event belonging to the distant past.

It is true that stadium design has been massively improved and methods of crowd control have become more sophisticated. Football hooliganism, fear of which was a contributory factor, has largely disappeared from Britain. So a tragedy of that type is less likely to happen now.

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