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(not satire)

One of the invited guests at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral in London next Wednesday will be her former close colleague and chief press officer ‘Sir’ Bernard Ingham.

I’ve put his title in inverted commas because if I had my way he’d be stripped of it.

After all the title ‘sir’ is supposed to represent honour and respect and there’s nothing honourable or respectful about the way Ingham has over many years consistently abused the people who lost loved ones in such a tragic way in the Hillsborough disaster.

Recently, the Mirror revealed Ingham had sent a letter in 1996 to a Liverpool fan whose friend had died in the disaster in which he told grieving relatives that they should “shut up” about Hillsborough:

Hillsborough disaster ‘Shut up about Hillsborough’: Sir Bernard Ingham not sorry for blaming Liverpool ‘mob’ for deaths of the 96

And now yet another disgraceful letter sent by Ingham to a Liverpool fan regarding Hillsborough has just come to light.

This letter was revealed by Scott Twigg – and was addressed to his stepfather’s father Mr Anthony Shillinglaw – who along with his stepfather Peter were at Hilllsborough and saw what really happened with their own eyes.

Again – as you can see for yourself – in this letter Ingham also insults all Hillsborough relatives and Liverpool fans and even refers to them as ‘contemptible’:

bernard ingham hillsborough letter

Why is it so hard for Thatcherites like Ingham to apologise and admit they were wrong about Hillsborough?

Apologising isn’t all that hard, surely. Just four words would do:

I. Was. Wrong.

Followed by the most important word of all :


And if Ingham doesn’t apologise, he should be stripped of his title for bringing dishonour and disrespect to it.

Or like Savile will we have to wait until he’s dead – by which time we’ll be told it’s too late to strip him of his title too?


For the real facts about the Hillsborough tragedy – have a look here:

Hillsborough Justice Campaign


Related articles by Tom Pride:

What’s the bad link between the Hillsborough and child abuse scandals? Royal and Sun Alliance

Name the guilty. The Sun’s ‘source’ for its Hillsborough story was ….. Tory MP Sir Irvine Patnick.

Don’t think Chief Constable Bettison should resign over Hillsborough? You will when you read this

Too late to strip ‘Sir’ Irvine Patnick – the Sun’s source for its Hillsborough story – of his title

Parliament to be privatised in Thatcher’s memory

Witches outraged at being compared to former prime minister Margaret Thatcher

Osborne claims Thatcher “over the worst” and well on way to “full recovery”

Fury as Lady Thatcher is accused of trying to bury bad economic news by dying

Government scraps plans for society to pay for Thatcher funeral after realising it doesn’t exist


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