wish I acted for South Yorkshire police, it would be so much fun responding to that letter. This bit is particularly enjoyable:
In a key passage, he writes:
"Now I know — you know, we all know — that the fans were right. But it took 23 years, two inquiries, one inquest and research into 400,000 documents, many of which were kept secret under the 30-year no-publication rule, to discover there was a vast cover-up by South Yorkshire police about the disaster. Where does that leave me?"
Where that leaves you, Kelvin, is as someone who was at the time a very experienced and powerful Fleet Street Editor who chose to ignore his own reporter's expressions of caution, and failed to take the elementary precaution which the Daily Mirror editor did, of insisting that corroborative evidence be obtained before he would even consider printing the story. It leaves you as the person who decided not only to accept without question a news agency press release relying on the third hand evidence of unnamed police officers (without checking if they existed or were even at Hillsborough), but also to print it with a big banner headline saying "The Truth". In short, it leaves you as the person who was solely responsible for the well-deserved consequences of his actions who is however still weak and stupid enough to be refusing to do so.
As was pointed out on The News Quiz last week, the whole thing was particularly crass given that the entire tragedy was televised and, if there was repeated conduct of the type reported, it could not fail to have been picked up and extensively reported.
If I were responsible for replying to the complaint, I'd be seriously tempted to send round a spade with the comment that Kelvin had spent 23 years digging himself ever deeper into the hole he created and he probably needed a new one by now.