2012 must go down as the biggest year yet in the fight for justice, and as it draws to an end Irvine Patnick passed away yesterday aged 83.
Sir Irvine Patnick was of course the conservative MP who was forced to apologise after the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report earlier this year for helping to spread police lies about Liverpool fans in the aftermath of the disaster.
Some will say that he’d had 23 years in which he could have apologised, but he waited until the year of his death and the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel to say sorry. Those words so late, and so forced, appear devoid of meaning.
His death robs us of the chance to interview him about exactly who told him what in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, which is a shame.
Sheila Coleman of the HJC summed it up on Twitter yesterday, when she tweeted “Death of Irvine Patnick highlights the time factor in Hillsborough investigations. Will anyone still be alive to prosecute?”
There are many other people out there who colluded to cover up the real truth of the Hillsborough disaster and in doing so perverted the course of justice. It is essential that the wheels of justice turn quickly now, before any of more guilty men and women go to their grave.
Then there is Anne Williams, mother of Kevin Williams, who is fighting terminal cancer and who after such a long righteous struggle deserves to see truth and accountability before she dies. The sad fact is however that many family members have passed since Hillsborough, and tragically they never got the chance to see the HIP and David Cameron’s apology.
Now the truth is known & publicly accepted, the guilty must surely be brought to book quickly to ensure that nobody else passes before justice is done.
Lets hope 2013 is an even better new year for truth and the fight for justice.
As it is New Year’s Eve, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all very much for the support you have shown to my documentary so far. Producing it is one of the proudest achievements in my life, and I couldn’t have done it without the support and encouragement so many have shown. Happy New Year to you all.
Part one of my Hillsborough documentary can be watched online now by clicking here
Part two of my Hillsborough documentary can be watched online now by clicking here