Oct. 18th, 2011

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Steve Rotheram raises seven kinds of hell in the House of Commons with an extraordinary speech on the Hillsborough disaster:

I am proud to be a Liverpudlian. In the 22 years for which the families have fought their dignified campaign, I and the rest of Britain have watched as my great city has come together on this issue. Out of the darkness of the Hillsborough tragedy, an eternal flame of unity has emerged and means that Liverpool is now synonymous with a unique kind of solidarity. Whether red or blue, we are Scousers all.

To those who attempt to perpetrate the myth that it was the fault of the fans, I say that I will never tire of reminding them that the ordinary fans were the real heroes on the day, not the villains. They reacted while those in authority froze.

My granddad used to regale me with vivid accounts of the two world wars that he fought in, and while he never glorified in war itself he would explain to us children his sense of loss for fallen comrades, nearly half a century later. I did not really understand that when I was growing up, but I do now. It does not matter how long it takes, we will never stop fighting for justice for the 96.


Thirteen Observations made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance:

2. “Fortune” is a word for having a lot of money and for having a lot of luck, but that does not mean the word has two definitions.


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