The Labour shadow home secretary Andy Burnham has suggested that former Prime Minister Tony Blair did not order a full inquiry into the Hillsborough football ground tragedy because he did not want to offend media king-pin Rupert Murdoch.
Burnham has stated that whilst serving under the leadership of Tony Blair he was told not to pursue his demand for an official investigation into the tragedy at Hillsborough.
In 1989 the Sun, one of four UK editorials under the command of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp empire, published a report following the 1989 football match between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool where 96 people died. The report wrote of “drunken” Liverpool fans attacking rescue workers and robbing the pockets of their dead and injured counterparts.
The report turned out to be a complete fabrication of the truth. The families of the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy are now seeking compensation from the British police force after it was found that the police’s actions on the day and hitherto were to blame the Liverpool fans for what happened and cover-up negligence committed by the police on the day of the tragedy.
Burnham – an Everton supporter has reportedly been the driving force behind the investigation.
Burnham is thought to be seeking the Labour leadership amidst a time of turmoil for current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Burnham has stated that if elected leader he would not go on a “bended knee” to certain newspapers – although it is pretty certain that neither would Jeremy Corbyn.
It appears to be the case that support for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour party is declining rapidly. Labours right wing ‘Blairites’ are doing what they can to wrestle away the reigns of leadership from Jeremy Corbyn by undermining him at every opportunity. Sadiq Khan has been accused in recent weeks of looking to “stab Jeremy Corbyn in the back, front and side” revealing Khan’s ambition of assuming the Labour leadership as soon as practicable.
However, if the Labour leader wants to become Prime Minister in the next election he or she undoubtedly needs to ally themselves with the un-elected media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.
Rupert Murdoch’s first hand influence and interference within governmental affairs has become a well known truth. In 2011 it was revealed that Murdoch “often entered Downing street via the back door” and even celebrated the 2010 Tory election success by drinking a cup of tea with the UK Prime Minister David Cameron. To convince you further of potential malevolent behavior between the Prime Minister and the aforementioned un-democratically elected Murdoch who cannot seem to help himself from sticking his fingers into the British politics pie, David Cameron lied about his relationship with Murdoch. It was heard in 2012 that the Prime Minster had held at least five secret meetings with Murdoch which were not previously disclosed by the Prime Minister. It was not disclosed what was discussed between the pair at these secret meetings.
Before the 2010 election Murdoch and his newspapers allied with Tony Blair’s New Labour government. Tony Blair’s triple election success was helped along the way by the Murdoch press. Indeed, Rupert Murdoch seems to be the key to 10 Downing Street – welcome to British politics.