As the years pass by and my Life experience grows, I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as coincidence. Often it may take a while, sometimes years, but explanations always appear for events that have a certain ‘synchronicity’.
The news that criminal prosecutions will now take place over the Hillsborough disaster could not have come at a more propitious time, as we still reel from the tragedy of Grenfell Tower. The two situations have much in common, in the negligence and cover up that has, and is, taking place and to my mind their synchronistic appearance demands a change in the way Society is managed and run.
In the case of Hillsborough, those who should have been held accountable hid behind a bureaucratic screen, put in place for decades in the hope the tragedy would be forgotten about. It was only the tenacity of those grieving that eventually broke down that wall of silence and lies to get at the truth.
If we look more closely at the history, we can see evidence of insult and contempt towards the relatives and friends of the victims, in simply seeking the truth from those in power.
Not only did they have to keep pushing for answers but also finance their efforts from their own pockets, whilst those defending themselves had access to a wealth of public money with which to hire the best lawyers to hide behind.
It’s a double whammy of monumental proportions, as those seeking justice had to pay twice. Once for their own legal support and a second time as taxpayers funding the defence of those seeking to hide the truth from them!
What it demonstrates is a system unfit for purpose, when it becomes necessary to take legal action to break a wall of silence, and then find that the financial implications of such action are stacked against democratic justice being obtained.
To add further insult, the ‘judicial reviews’ that have taken place over the years were obviously tainted, given the criminal charges now being brought against those who have remained hidden for so long.
In my opinion the relatives and friends of the victims of Hillsborough deserve an OBE apiece and the wrongdoers put behind bars and the keys thrown away. Their inefficiencies at the time and subsequent cover-up, over so many years, is a disgrace to the institutions they represent, who employ a majority of good and honest people.
We now hear that our government is launching a Public Enquiry and already doubts are being cast over Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who will lead the enquiry, because of reported dubious rulings in the past. His experience, as I understand it, lies with complicated shipping law. The relevance of his experience to Grenfell defies me.
It would appear that our political institutions are once again preparing the groundwork for another war of attrition against those who are grieving and seeking answers.
At a tangent but related in my view, is the breaking news that Cardinal George Pell, the third highest ranking official in the Vatican, is now facing multiple charges of sexual abuse from multiple complainants. Yet again the Catholic church is rocked by scandal, from those in senior positions who appear to have abused their power, instead of keeping Society on an even moral keel.
I find it obscene to see this collective arrogance and contempt again rearing its ugly head and the ‘synchronicity’ of these events is too meaningful to be ignored. Where does Society now turn to clean up its act and institute new moral standards that will be respected and re-introduce trust and belief in those who choose to rule over us?
Those grieving need all the help and support they can get now and into the future, if the callousness of Hillsborough and Grenfell Tower are not to be repeated.
Until the next time.