- 12 Jul 17
The Hillsborough disaster is once again in the news. It’s an episode that has uncomfortable parallels with the Grenfell Towers tragedy.
The news from Sheffield in the UK that six people, including the former police chief inspector, are to face charges of manslaughter arising from the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 evoked a sombre response from the families of those who died. It’s not the end of this appalling story, but it might be the beginning of the end.
However, there is a deep and depressing awareness in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Towers tragedy that less has been learned than might have been, and that some of the underlying factors – the tectonic plates if you like – are largely unchanged.
Ninety five people died in Hillsborough, crushed to death. The number who died in Grenfell Towers has yet to be definitively established. It may never be, but it will certainly exceed Hillsborough. It could be 150 or more.