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The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has now concluded that it “has found evidence to suggest that police officers assaulted miners at the mass picket of the Orgreave coking plant during the 1984-85 miners’ strike, then perverted the course of justice and committed perjury in the failed prosecutions which followed”, but that it “will not mount a formal investigation into allegations of criminal wrongdoing by police”.
One person who has found the IPCC apologia interesting, in the way that it is not good enough, is Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham, whose previous experience of historic inquiry includes he and Maria Eagle urging the last Labour Government to reconsider the Hillsborough evidence. In the wake of what many see as an establishment whitewash, he has asked David Cameron to set up another Independent Panel.
This is not merely a leadership stunt: there are many issues surrounding the received wisdom on Orgreave. These included the deployment of many “policemen” who did not display their numbers. The suggestion was made at the time, notably by Tony Benn, who represented the nearby constituency of Chesterfield, that some of these were from the armed forces. Then there was the quite blatant manufacturing of Police evidence.