On Thursday, the Hillsborough families announced they would file a lawsuit against both South Yorkshire police and the West Midlands police. But what of the freemasons, those pantomime villains of the piece? In March 2015, David Duckenfield admitted what most of us had long suspected – he had been a freemason since the mid-70s. Remarkably, he was promoted to grand master of his lodge a year after Hillsborough.
While the masons’ role in the cover-up remains unclear – if indeed they had one – it is significant that Duckenfield sought to mitigate his gross negligence at Hillsborough by explaining that he was inexperienced as a match commander; that he had been dropped in at the deep end by Chief Constable Peter Wright. But Duckenfield was a limited officer; one who – some suspect – was only promoted to chief superintendent thanks to his masonic connections. The fact that Duckenfield was out of his depth at Hillsborough was certainly a factor in the deaths of the 96; perhaps this is the real indictment of a secret brotherhood pulling strings for people who would otherwise fail to prosper.
So, Liverpudlian brethren, now you know. Freemasons caused the Hillsborough disaster!
Freeman of the City of Prince George, British Columbia 4th Degree Order of Skinner & Probyn's 18th Degree A&H Art. Company of Mass, USA Orator of the Planispheres &c &c &c GM, Order of Acrimonious Virgin
From previous personal conversations with Brethren who have been in the police, I understand that this was a case of human failings, on a tragic scale.
That the key officers on duty that day were incompetent or inept is now beyond doubt. But, having being human and stupid, they then did the next human and stupid reflex thing, and closed ranks, and denied any wrong-doing.
In the minds and perception of the angry and grief-stricken families, that made things immeasurably worse. As if it wasn't bad enough, "they" were now organised and conspiring against "us".
As soon as conspiracy is in the mind, it's a case of round up the usual suspects. Oh, look, one of them is a Freemason. Bang to rights.
Is Duckenfield being singled out as a fall-guy. Perhaps. Was Duckenfield promoted beyond his competance grade? Well, perhaps, but I've worked in many businesses where that happened to males and females alike. And I'm sure none of them were Masons.