The Hillsborough disaster took place at Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield, on Saturday 15th April 1989, during the 1988–89 FA Cup semi-final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Herewith the Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster
Since then the long and tortured outcome has cast a pall over the lives of many. Now following the outcome of the latest investigations there is the possible prospect of criminal prosecutions of former police officers for manslaughter and perverting the course of justice. If convicted these now old men will face substantial custodial sentences. As former police officers these will be marked men. With the current parlous state of security and overstretched resources in the prison estate, their safety will be at severe risk.
Now it seems, Hillsborough’s effects are going to affect the outcome of the Stoke Central by-election.
Herewith two relevant newspaper reports.
And GOTO: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-paul-nuttall-claim-controversy-latest-by-election-stoke-hillsborough-charity-a7586966.html
Up to the moment of the claims regarding Hillsborough and Mr Nuttall coming to the fore, UKIP’s new leader seemed set to become the new MP for Stoke Central. This would have been a tremendous upset for the Labour and Tory parties at Westminster.
It MIGHT still happen. However the long shadow that is Hillsborough threatens this. The Labour Party’s rather unpleasant candidate may well now win. Certainly, that is the considered opinion of the numerous bookies taking bets on this.
Curiously, IF Mr Nuttall were to win, and as the hours tick by it looks less likely, UKIP could thank the Liberal Democrats and their candidate Dr Zulfiqar Ali, a consultant cardiologist. This is because some voters upset by the Hillsborough controversy and angered by the attitude and statements by Mr Snell will take the attitude of “a plague on both your houses” and vote Lib-Dem. Certainly many Muslim voters in Stoke may well vote for “their” man notwithstanding the threats of Hell and Damnation that have been directed at them from certain quarters.
Whilst the outcome of the by election is still uncertain, what is certain is the outcome for UKIP and it’s leader should the unpleasant Mr Snell become the Stoke’s next MP: Mr Nuttall’s resignation and yet another leadership election!
And who may put themselves forward?
Could it be a certain Mr Farage?