Wednesday, 12 September 2012


Slightly puzzling lack of comment from the left about the Hillsborough findings.

I'd like to think this isn't another instance of Badiou-reading Alfie Meadows supporters disdaining, y'know, actual working-class causes outside of London/the London commentariat. But then I can't be sure.


William said...

You may well be right. The other group of people of have been totally silent are all the professional contrarians, ‘out spoken’ Tory MPs, right wing truth-tellers etc. Littlejohn/Clarkson/Heffer/Delingpole etc couldn’t find an angle on this one apparently.

Alex Niven said...

Yeah it's important not to be too infighty - those guys are obviously much more reprehensible than anyone on the left.

I just that this was one of those occasions that utterly vindicates popular leftist opposition to the police, the Tories, the right-wing press, etc, much more so than more fashionable causes like, for example Alfie Meadows (though I stress that that is of course an important, even in some ways cognate case).

How are you anyway Will. How about going for a pint sometime soon?

William said...

Oh absolutely - and seeing Jack Straw (!) try to make some political capital out of it this morning was laughable.

I'm fine thanks, trying to finish off my thesis this autumn. I send you an email about a drink in due course.

Joe said...

As I said in my e-mail, I'm really bloody depressed by how some people I know and like have had literally nothing to say about it. That said, Twitter was pretty responsive yesterday, by and large - Mark F actually made a point about how apologies were irrelevant as long as blame-displacement and cover-up were still happening, and Alfie Meadows' case is proof that it is.

I haven't written anything about it for anyone - I intend to write a blogpost, but I'm not sure I have much to say that hasn't already been said by people like David Conn (who, in the Guardian today, talked about the continuity between Orgreave and Hillsborough).

It's odd when the theory-left, or at least some of them, don't have much to say about this as the blend of criminal negligence and hamfisted plays at plausible deniability, plus the complicity of the Murdoch media. Natural Zizek territory, if such a thing exists.