Following the news this week that the Home Secretary Amber Rudd didn't even bother to review the evidence held by the IPCC and South Yorkshire Police regarding the Battle of Orgreave before concluding that no inquiry was necessary, I decided to write to Ms Rudd and the Home Office to urge them to reconsider this decision.
Below you'll find a copy of the letter I emailed. I would urge anyone who believes in fairness and justice to do the same. In the meantime, I would urge you all to sign this petition which asks Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to launch an inquiry into the policing of the '84/'85 dispute.
Dear Ms Rudd,
I read with some surprise the article in The Guardian this week, which I enclose here
I fail to see how you could possibly make an accurate decision regarding the inquiry and I urge you to reconsider. You simply must review all the evidence held by the IPCC and South Yorkshire Police. If you do not then you are in danger of being negligent, or incompetent at best.
You may have argued in the House that no one died, but that simply is not a justifiable enough reason to presume the events that occurred at Orgreave are not worth investigating. People have died since, and they - along with the living - deserve this inquiry. They deserve justice.
I ask you, do you really want to take part in a cover up? Even if justice takes as long as it did for the Hillsborough campaigners, do you really want your legacy to be the home secretary who was complicit in keeping justice from these people in the decades to come?
Because make no mistake the public at large now know that this was indeed a cover up. The recent documents that have come to light concerning the Thatcher government's handling of the miners dispute - how they always intended to close over 70 pits and lied to the public and the NUM, how they attempted to intervene in the prosecutions of those arrested at Orgreave in order to speed them up (despite Mrs Thatcher lying to the House by saying 'it would be quite wrong for politicians to interfere in such matters' ) - prove this. If the Conservative government really want to govern the United Kingdom fairly and accurately as they claim then they need to acknowledge the mistakes of the past and you need to do your bit to ensure that.
Once again, I urge you to do the right thing here.