Why is Orgreave so important? Why does it effect us 35 years on?
OK Orgreave is a little area just outside Sheffield, close to Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre. You might never need to go there even if you live within a couple of miles of it. In 1984 however it was the site of a very onesided battle between the striking mining community and the police, who were being used as the private enforcing force of the establishment (those controlling Britain’s industries for their own financial gain) and using those lives of the miners as pawns to be destroyed as an example to all trade union members in the Country.
The battle was instigated under direct orders from Margaret Thatchers Downing Street Cabinet. It is suggested by many who were there, including anicdotally some police officers and ex servicemen that members of the armed forces, most likely the army were used to add significant force to the police and were actually wearing police uniform, but without collar numbers. Photographic evidence from the battle seems to support this view.
If the army were deployed without a declaration of Marshal law and the consent of Parliament their involvement would be illegal both under British Law and international legislation.
As it was the extreme force and subsequent arrests, charges and imprisonment were not justified, moral, ethical or indeed legal.
The Sun newspaper lied and deceived the rest of the Country and is due to that and its lies supporting the police at Hillsborough have left it banned from Liverpool and hated by many.
So why important? This would be a clear example of the government attacking the populace to enforce their rule, to strip of us rights and to ensure their need for greed and corruption was sated.
This was a modern day Peterloo but instead of swords they used shields and batons.
This was the establishment keeping us down, and layed the foundations of austerity and the selling out of all British industry and the destruction of communities and yes families.
Since 84 those involved, the victims of police aggression have been calling for an open and honest enquiry int the battle. Into what happened before, after and at the time. The Conservatives have continued to block this. They still have members who could be held legally and morally accountable, but also the truth may just ensure the Tories would never achieve power again, the police would be reorganised to ensure they no longer were the bullying enforcers of the establishment and possibly new iron clad laws to make sure the army and forces could not be turned upon the populace by any politician or party.
ORGREAVE and the truth of what happened could just empower us all to facilitate true change and make Britain truly a great place to live.