Op-ed: On December 15, 2015, we reported "Tuesday British Home Secretary Theresa May is said to be considering "legal submission demanding [an] inquiry into [the] 1984 confrontation between police and miners during [a] strike"; a confrontation popularly called 'The Battle of Orgreave."
Mrs May looked set to finally authorise an inquiry into Orgreave but it was all smoke and mirrors.
Eleven months later Theresa May is the country's unelected Prime Minister and Amber Rudd MP for Hastings and Rye has been shuffled into the role of Home Secretary; this week Ms Rudd annouced there will be no inquiry.
Social media has been buzzing with #Orgreave and trolls are out in force.
They try to support the Tories by saying how come Labour governments from 1997 until 2010 failed to act.
That is just a false flag.
When Tony Blair's Labour government was swept into power in 1997 there was a great deal of work to do. After too many years of Tory mismanagement there were pressing issues.
But more importantly the truth about Orgreave was hidden away.
Some hard facts remain hidden but in 2012 "Orgreave" began to implode:
For almost 30 years the South Yorkshire police and the then Conservative government's version of the brutal, pivotal confrontation at the Orgreave coking plant has never been officially revised.
This week Tory ministers have defended their decision to shelf any plans for a Commons inquiry.
They cite reasons such as it is in the past, policing has changed, no person died, criminal charges against some miners were overturned and more.
None ring true.
The past - that does not make it right. Other inquiries have covered historical events. As insufficient information was available until 2012 the fact Orgreave was 1984 is immaterial.
No person died - maybe not but people were physically, mentally and financially attacked.
Criminal charges were overturned - Wikipedia says "Official reports state that during the confrontation 93 arrests were made, with 51 pickets and 72 policemen injured. 95 pickets were charged with riot, unlawful assembly and similar offences after the battle. A number of these were put on trial in 1985, but the trials collapsed, all charges were dropped and a number of lawsuits were brought against the police for assault, unlawful arrest and malicious prosecution. South Yorkshire Police later agreed to pay £425,000 compensation and £100,000 in legal costs to 39 pickets in an out of court settlement. However, no officer was disciplined for misconduct. Writing for The Guardian in 1985, Gareth Peirce said that the events at Orgreave "revealed that in this country we now have a standing army available to be deployed against gatherings of civilians whose congregation is disliked by senior police officers. It is answerable to no one; it is trained in tactics which have been released to no one, but which include the deliberate maiming and injuring of innocent persons to disperse them, in complete violation of the law."
Why there must be an inquiry
We need to close the book on Orgreave but we cannot. In order to move on questions must be asked and answered and justice served.
Until that happens we the people will remain sceptical about our politicians and police forces.
"Never trust a Tory" some say and it is easy to see why.
The Tories carried through their promise to hold an EU referendum but renege on other issues over and over again.
Just what do they have to hide?
It is doubtful that this week's decision is aimed at protecting police officers. It could however be all about protecting Tories past and present.
The police force involved was the one involved with Hillsborough but police from other regions were drafted in and I had personal experience of a police officer bragging how much money he was making out of the strike.
With reports of mass produced "doctored" police statements there was wrong doing, probably some on all sides.
The buck however may stop with the then Thatcher government.
But without an inquiry and justice people will make up their own minds.
With reports circulating that army officers were deployed dressed in police uniforms conspiracy theories are out there.
Just what does the Tory government have to fear?
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