who has noticed something news related in the last little while. I was going to start this with "I'm sorry, but" but, I am not sorry, and make no apology for this.
Look at the biggest scandals coming out of the woodwork currently and there are common factors in all of them. Not little things like fixing bank lending rates to make a few billion, or even the farce of the franchise of the West Coast Main Line costing us a few million more. No, the big ones. The ones that should make anyone with any common sense at all start to ask some very big questions.
The Hillsborough Tragedy with what now is well over 1000 police under investigation, I used to think the song by Manic Street Preacher "SYMM" was a bit on the harsh side (work out what the acronym is yourself) but it seems not.
The miners strike, the battle of Orgreave, a defining moment in 80s politics - those alive and old enough to understand this event had their political future mapped out for them then. The lines drawn during that year have never and will never be erased.
Press corruption, and police involvement in that. I am sure that almost everyone agrees that the surface has not even been scratched by the Leveson enquiry. The press and media collusion over the above events. The lies printed and repeated over years about football fans, the fact that the court cases at the time about Orgreave were thrown out because of falsified statements from the police, but no officers in prison for being complicit or even facilitating this.
Looking back at that alone, what sort of media and government did we have that just shrugged their shoulders when confronted with police corruption on an industrial scale?
Press barons like Murdoch allowed to influence and manage politicians from Thatcher to Blair and onto Cameron and Milliband. Acting with absolute impunity and disregard for decency to the extent of employing ex MPs who were supposed to be investigating him. From all parties, the recent blonde addition to his empire is but one, look at a blind man who is not shy of the Murdoch pound. An MP from Sheffield, his area covering Hillsborough no less. No open inquiry during his time in government under Blair into the most horrific event in the lifetime of his very own constituency.
And the man of the moment, albeit being dead, the DJ that it seems everyone, including me, knew was a "wrong'un" but he was allowed to continue without a care in the world, with no one investigating anything about him at all until he was dead. Why did none of the media or police forces or CPS or all the other people and agencies who knew what was going on do anything about it? Why was he allowed to continue with nothing but a few jokes about his "activities"?
He spent New Years Eve for eleven consecutive years with the same person. Now, apart from your own parents, partners and children, have any of you spent eleven consecutive years seeing in the new year with the same people? I am sure not many have, overall a minority.
The figure towering over all of these events.
I am not for one second implying that she knew about his activities, but I am that he used his friendship with her to pressure others to make sure reports got lost and inquiries never happened.
The other events though were all on her watch. Like it or not, whatever political persuasion you are, there seem to be a growing list of events that happened under her that are starting to match the scale of events and dishonesty under Blair and Bush. How can so many police have been corrupt and nothing was done, how can the media have been so powerful to block the news or just hide it so well that events were just not questioned in the way they are being now.
Savile certainly had a number of skeletons in his closet, and as the net widens more people must start to realise they are in the firing line. Apologies for the mixed metaphor.
Who else? How many other people need to die before investigations take place into recent history. There was talk of a State Funeral not so long ago, now looks more like a quiet affair is the order of the day. Let's not allow those that followed in the footprints, starting wars that are still going on, get away with their lies and corruption as so many have before.
Something has to change, or in 30 years time will we all nod and say we knew that Blair was a bit of a liberty taker but it was a different time then....
It can't be just because he is godfather to one of Rupert Murdochs children that he gets an easy ride, can it?