The e-petition ‘Norman Bettison’ signed by you recently reached 12,087 signatures and a response has been made to it.
As this e-petition has received more than 10 000 signatures, the relevant Government department have provided the following response: The report published by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) last month deals with the distinct issue of Sir Norman Bettison’s conduct in relation to his alleged attempt to influence the decision-making process of West Yorkshire Police Authority in the days following the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report in September 2012. The IPCC’s independent investigation into the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, potentially involving hundreds, if not thousands, of officers, including Mr Bettison, who was a Chief Inspector in South Yorkshire Police at the time of the disaster, is still ongoing and it would therefore be inappropriate for the Home Office to provide detailed comment at this time. In terms of taking steps to remove Mr Bettison’s knighthood, this is ultimately a matter for the Honours Forfeiture Committee – a committee convened under the Cabinet Office which considers cases referred to the PM where an individual’s actions subsequent to their being awarded an honour raise the question of whether they should be allowed to continue to be a holder. On the question of whether retrospective disciplinary action should now be taken against Mr Bettison, this is a matter for the Police and Crime Commissioner of West Yorkshire Police, however, clearly no disciplinary sanction could be imposed. As part of a series of measures designed to ensure the highest standards of integrity in policing, on 12 February the Home Secretary announced that a national register of officers struck off from the police would be introduced, which will be managed and maintained by the College of Policing. She also announced that disciplinary hearings against officers who resign or retire can be pursued until their conclusion – and where they are pursued and dismissal would have been imposed, they will be added to the register. A police pension may only be forfeited where an officer is convicted of a criminal offence that was committed in connection with his or her service as a member of a police force. This e-petition remains open to signatures and will be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee should it pass the 100 000 signature threshold.
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Firstly, an apology. This post has nothing to do with Hillsborough so if you arrived here with that in mind please accept my apologies. I had something on my mind that I wanted to share, it was more than 140 characters, and I had nowhere else to house it.
Luis Suarez was today handed a ten-match ban for biting an opponent during a football match. This article in no way whatsoever seeks to defend what he did, but it does seek to try and understand why he might have done it.
I have no firm answers, but hopefully some interesting questions.
Any behaviour is said to be instinctive if it is performed without being based upon prior experience, that is, in the absence of learning. So blinking if somebody claps his or her hands in front of our face is instinctive because we didn’t learn to do that. Resisting the temptation to pick our nose when we have a really uncomfortable obstruction causing us severe discomfort is a learned action. A small child would pick their nose instinctively, but we are taught over time by society that it is wrong to do so.
I have always believed that we are born in our natural state, and then taught to behave how society wants us to behave. Manners are not instinctive; manners are the result of societal pressures. I’m no physiologist, but if you watch young children you’ll see that they will often lash out if they are feeling extreme emotions such as frustration, anger or fear. How often, or to what extreme they lash out will depend on the individual temperament, but lashing out is an instinctive reaction to a set of extreme circumstances. More children than we might like to admit also lash out in the form of biting. They didn’t learn to bite; nobody taught them, but they instinctively did so in response to an extreme emotion such as anger or frustration.
On the biting front, I don’t believe that children simply ‘grow out of it’ to use the hackneyed phrase by the way, I believe that they are ‘taught out of it’ by their parents because it is not socially acceptable to bite somebody. It might be instinctive in certain circumstances, but it is not socially acceptable.
So society and education as we grow up help us to unlearn how we are programmed to behave. We deny deep-rooted human instincts by learning new ways to behave, based largely on what society expects. Surely though instinctive reactions are stronger than societal teachings? Surely instinct must always be there, bubbling just under the surface of our educated selves.
If that is the case then those instinctive behaviours can be triggered. I assume every person has the limit that will trigger it, and I am assuming the most of us wouldn’t cave in to the hugely irritating bogey by pushing a finger up our nose at a dinner party. But in the street? Still no? What about in your bedroom on your own?
Imagine this scenario. You are playing in a football match and you have just given away a soft penalty that has allowed the opposition to score. You’re angry with yourself and with the situation that your team now faces. You’re hugely competitive, and incredibly frustrated at the situation you feel you have just caused. Your team is on the attack, and you are busting a gut to get into the box and make up for your error, you are straining with every sinew to get into a goal scoring-position. Something however is holding you back.
An arm a body, pulling, holding, stopping your progress. Pulling you back, holding you, in your way. You’re angry; you’re desperate to win. Would you bite the arm that was holding you back? For the majority of us the answer is no, of course not. Its not the done thing in our society, and the emotions we are feeling are not enough for most of us to override what we have learned is right with instinct.
What about more extreme circumstances? What about if you were walking down an alley late at night and two blokes pushed you against a wall. One of them had your arms pushed against your sides so hard that you couldn’t move no matter how much the adrenalin course through your veins. You couldn’t move, you’re scared and the other man has his hands around your through, slowly strangling you. Would you bite the man strangling you? I’d say that for the majority of us the answer is yes, because the human instinct to react to extreme danger overrides any teaching you may have had about it being wrong to bite.
Suarez was brought up on the tough streets of Uruguay, and none of us know what that was like so there is no point talking about it at length. We also don’t know if he was taught to stop fighting when he was young. Some people in this country aren’t taught not to fight.
Maybe he had a different life, was brought up with a different set of values. Maybe he wasn’t taught to hide his instinct to lash out. Maybe he was taught to fight because he lived in a rough neighbourhood, and being nice and polite wouldn’t get him very far. Who knows, not you or I.
As I said before, I am no physiologist and I am not condoning what Suarez did. When in Rome do what the Romans do goes the saying and these Romans aren’t for biting. Suarez has to except that. Society says that is not acceptable behaviour.
Maybe though we’re all programmed to be capable of such an act, as alien and appalling as that might seem to us. Maybe some people are raised to cover human instincts better than others, and that is the difference.
What is justice?
What is justice,
South Yorkshire Police?
Is it the lie you told,
To family’s of the deceased?
Or is it the time,
You watched 96 die,
Crushed up against the fence,
In the hue and cry?
Or is it when,
You didn’t help the wounded,
Adding to the deaths,
Of the many lives that ended?
You confessed that you lied,
But still got off free,
Now that doesn’t seem,
Like justice to me.
By Sarah Mason aged 12 to remember the 96 lost in the Hillsborough disaster.
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
23 years, 6 months and 14 days ago Kevin Daniel Williams died from crush injuries at the Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield. He was just 15 years old.
Kevin’s mum, Anne Williams, has spent every single day since then waking up thinking about the Hillsborough disaster. She wasn’t able to grieve properly, because she knew the official version of events was a lie and that her son could have been saved had medical intervention not been with-held. Anne has spent 23 and a half long, tiring years putting in super-human effort to try and to get to the truth about how & why her son died. The truth should have been a basic human right in death, and for Kevin and the other 95 victims it should have been readily available on the day of the 15th April 1989. It wasn’t available, because the South Yorkshire Police were culpable and they lied and covered-up their actions in order to shift the blame from themselves onto the fans.
Hillsborough is the biggest cover-up in British legal history & on the 12th September 2012, David Cameron stood up in parliament and told the world the truth about the Hillsborough disaster. The PM’s words were educated by the Hillsborough Independent Report which was released on that day, and it concluded that the Liverpool fans were in no way to blame for the disaster, and the police lied and covered-up the facts. You can see Cameron’s apology here:
The truth was out.
This is a picture of Anne Williams (left) and Margaret Aspinall just after the Hillsborough Independent Report contents was revealed their findings. The truth was out, but the truth is only half of the battle.
Next had to come justice. Those who failed in their duty of care, those who lied to shift the blame, and those who perverted the course of justice needed to be held accountable. Justice was the only decent destination to arrive at once the truth was widely accepted.
Last week, Anne Williams announced to the world that she was suffering from terminal cancer. A woman who has been forced to spend nearly a quarter of a century campaigning to have her son’s name cleared, and the inquest verdict of accidental death over-turned, announced that she might not live to see justice done. She doesn’t want to know how long she has left so she can enjoy what time she has left with her family.The strength, courage and faith that Anne has displayed over the past 23 years has inspired so many, including myself. Being a dad myself, I don’t know how I would have continued to live, let alone fight in their honour for so long.
If you agree with me that it is simply unacceptable that the inadequacies and lethargy of the British legal system should rob Anne of the chance to finally see justice for her little boy before she dies, please, please, please sign the government petition to have Kevin Daniel Williams inquest looked at as a matter of urgency.
It will take you less than 2 minutes, and it means so much to a mother who just waved her son off to watch a football match, and as a consequence endured 23 years of hell.
Please help. Don’t let Anne be the latest family member to die before seeing justice served for their loved ones.
PLEASE visit & sign here now – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/40925
I hear today that a 21-year-old man has been arrested for the attack on Chris Kirkland which happened during the Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United match at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield on Friday.
As I watched the clip again on YouTube, I couldn’t help but feel sad about not only what he did but also the exact location in which he chose to act like that. Of all the grounds in England to misbehave, this felt the least appropriate, given what had happened in that exact spot before.
Years before this bloke was born, in response to people acting like him, football erected huge steel fences between the pitch and the terraces to keep people like him off the pitch.
Two years before this bloke was born, the area from which he ran was known as pen 4 because there was a 10ft high fence between the pitch and the fans, and lateral fences that split that terrace into pens. The area to the left of the goal to which he scurried back was knows as pen 3.
On the 15th April 1989, the penalty area he ran through would have been littered with bodies, both dead and dying. A terrifying crush caused by over-crowding occurred in the two enclosed areas behind the goal, and the fences that had been put up to stop idiots like that miscreant on Friday, meant that they couldn’t escape. They were literally crushed to death. 96 died.
In the area that he had occupied before his mindless act, people were having the life crushed from them 23 years ago.
I’ll no doubt be accused of being over-sensitive, but those fences were put up to deal with wankers like him and they were pulled down because 96 people died.
If you want to hear from people who were there on that day in ’89, then part two of my documentary can be viewed below:
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