Hillsborough: Speaking Truth to Power with Phil Scraton St George’s Hall 21/11/12.by Cath Bore
Over 400 people gathered at St Georges Hall Concert Room for WoW’s ‘Speaking Truth to Power’, with Hillsborough Independent Panel member and the report’s main author, Phil Scraton.
WoW, through gaining support from Liverpool City Council and Arena Housing, managed to ensure that the whole evening was free.
WoW Director, Madeline Heneghan, explained that WoW saw it as, ‘almost a public duty to try and give the families and the general public access to Phil, and to hear from him some of the detail behind this incredible report from the Hillsborough Independent Panel.’
It certainly achieved that.
If you gathered all of the families and friends of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster and asked them for their stories, you’d get a uniform shared sense of loss. Understandable. Predictable, even. But if you explored each individual’s journey over the past 23 years, every complex story of grief, disbelief, betrayal, hurt, anger, loss and a myriad of other emotions, would be quite unique.
Long term supporter of the families Phil Scraton spoke on Wednesday night at St George’s Hall about his own journey, specifically as a member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel over the last couple of years.
On Wednesday, there was a sense of satisfaction in the room. A true smashing of myths.
Liverpool is a self-pity city. Hardly; the panel’s report says the families were right, all along. They were right.
Fans were drunk and brought the disaster upon themselves. Scraton points out the levels of alcohol in victims’ blood were less than you’d find in the attendees at the theatre.