I’ve written various posts in the last week or so, consigning them to the saved draft folder because of the Contempt of Court Act 1981. Clearly stated here about the ongoing Hillsborough inquests:
The Attorney General wishes to draw attention to the risk of publishing material, including online, which could create a substantial risk that the course of justice in the inquests may be seriously impeded or prejudiced, particularly as this inquest involves a jury.
We’ve been given (or taken) a good run for our money on this really. As a sociologist I’m all for making visible typically invisible practices. And we’ve discovered way too many dark and shady public sector corners and deep holes in the last two years or so, documented on these pages and at JusticeforLB.org. At the same time, despite clearly identified failings in the coronial process, we have to sit back and hope that there will be #JusticeforLB.
On a related note, a lengthy document was shared with us, indirectly, this week. This document, a letter, involves some tooth enamel removing content. An extraordinary mix of truth/untruth, viciousness and hysteria. And a depressingly weighty dose of mother blame. It was her wot dunnit type stuff.
Deep thanks and respect to the person who shared this document with relevant people/legal teams. For their integrity and commitment to transparency. To making visible the stories/accounts circulating behind closed and armoured (public sector body) doors.
With a ladleful of irony, I won’t be tweeting or blogging as openly or transparently for the next two weeks. Here’s a photo of an extraordinary band who blasted some joy into the everyday lives of people passing by in Oxford city centre yesterday. A bit of light in our fucking foul lives right now.