Ironically, in the same week that it was announced that the Orgreave Coke Works site is to be redeveloped into a housing estate, Thatcher’s daughter, Carol, announced that her mother has dementia. In Buddhist terms Thatcher is now in the hell of incessant suffering.
Now, who is, “taking liberties”.
Thatcher committed the sin, in 1984, of using the citizen’s police against the citizenry for purely political reasons, not crowd control and public safety. In the ensuing melee, many people were injured and 93 men were arrested and imprisoned, some for substantial periods.
Some were charged 13 years later, in 1987. All charges were dropped as the show trial wimpishly collapsed. 39 miners sued the police and in 1991 won half a million quid in an out of court settlement against the police. So the police admitted they were wrong.
Apparently, she forgets that her husband Denis is dead and thus has to suffer the anguish of finding this out, time after time after time after time.
Tony Blair, while being fortunate to be in charge of a government that did many good things for (working) people, has also been responsible for instigating policies that have removed vast swathes of freedom under the guise of “protection”. Most people are oblivious to this, being solely interested in their own lives and personal well-being, but one day the hour glass will run out and we will all be exposed to the full fury of draconian powers.
Some of these powers can be seen in the actions of the police in the video above towards a bus load of women protesters. They are laughingly and wilfully trapping people in a vehicle and blocking free passage.
In the US southern states, that’s what they did to black men before they strung them up.
For a similar local incident where the police are getting confused about their responsibilities, I reported it here: ctc-info-sheldon-brown-and-critical-mass-monty-python-and-lupins/
So Blair, like Thatcher, instead of using our police to “uphold the law”, used them as a political arm of government to enforce a policy rejected by the vast majority of the population.
Now age and guilt are catching up with Blair. The full panoply of mistakes made and lives lost must surely haunt him. I can see it in his eyes.
Maybe, unlike Thatcher, he knows what he’s done.