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Kelvin MacKenzie unleashes his lawyers on South Yorkshire Police

26 September 2012

12:19 PM

26 September 2012

12:19 PM

Lawyers acting for Kelvin MacKenzie have written to South Yorkshire Police seeking an apology for the circumstances that have led to his ‘personal vilification for decades’. Writing in tomorrow’s Spectator, the former Sun editor speaks out for the first time in detail about his fateful decision to print the now infamous ‘THE TRUTH’ headline in the red-top the day after the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

The terms of the apology are to be debated, but MacKenzie tells of police patrols being increased around his house and the physical danger he faces in the city of Liverpool. Kelvin admits that he was wrong, ‘but the people who have got away scot-free are South Yorkshire Police.’ He is seeking an apology for ‘the lies their officers told’.

‘Now I know — you know, we all know — that the fans were right. But it took 23 years, two inquiries, one inquest and research into  400,000 documents, many of which were kept secret under the 30-year no-publication rule, to discover there was a vast cover-up by South Yorkshire Police about the disaster. Where does that leave me?

…There can be no doubt I have been deeply affected by the affair. I am not a victim, clearly, certainly not in the way the dead or their families are. But I have suffered collateral damage. It would be unwise for me to go to certain areas of the north-west on business. Even the other day at Waterloo station a portly, balding chap pushing a bike shouted ‘Liar!’ at me.

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Talking more broadly about Hillsborough, MacKenzie highlights the countless other publications that ran the same ‘copper-bottomed’ story, and suggests motives for the Sun being singled out by a city ‘I (and the paper I edited) had nothing but warm thoughts about prior to that ghastly day’.

‘Liverpool fans didn’t turn on other media, only the Sun. That has always puzzled me. Was it picked out because the paper had always backed Thatcher, while the city had always been pro-Labour?

With the police version of an event once again in the spotlight this week thanks to the Andrew Mitchell’s ‘Gate-gate’ saga, perhaps the embattled Chief Whip could take a leaf from MacKenzie’s book. If he believes the police are wrong, time to call the lawyers.


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  • L.C

    I think Kelvin MacKenzie is a lowlife good for nothing tosspot and
    A stain on the underpants of life ,
    and Well Done to The Justice Committee for forcing the sh*t and the lies
    out of the establishment…Eventually.

    YNWA from A Celtic Fan…LC.

  • Jimmy Craw

    Kelvin Mackenzie past to the present day is to castigate all sorts of people that include ANYTHING to do with Scotland and it’s inhabitants. Time this nasty piece of work was
    religated beyond the twilight zone

  • philip sayers

    thought id find mckenzie supporters on this website. some things never change.

  • r_storie

    Good God…I remember his look of victory as the sales of ‘The Truth’ had most of the country (and maybe the world) sending Liverpool to Coventry for a time…with the anti-Scouse cliché machine going crazy, with MacKenzie only part of the circus which God forgive me…made me ashamed of myself, for I was also pulled into the ‘poor Sheffield police’ cell for weeks afterwards. Mea maxima culpa…

  • http://www.facebook.com/edward.caution Edward Caution

    An ignorant bigot who was only too willing to print lies and ignore eyewitnesses’ accounts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edward.caution Edward Caution

    An ignorant bigot who was only too willing to print lies and ignore eyewitnesses’ accounts.

  • http://twitter.com/joodebrown Jude Brown

    I lived in Liverpool then. No other paper was as vicious and relentless at blaming the fans. Kelvin Mckenzie knows that.

  • dercavalier

    God! I’m sorry I missed this article, because I would have liked to kick this cockney scumbag in the proverbial balls. He is a disgrace to journalism and to this country. Too bad we can’t kick him out as an undesirable. And it’s mainly due to him and his ilk that News International has had its c.nt kicked in at the recent Leveson Enquiry. Keep up the good work you scouser gits. Don’t let this bastard off the hook.

  • http://twitter.com/ANonyMousse2 A Ronny Mousse
  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.gerard.900 Anthony Gerard

    MacKenzie still refuses to explain why he
    over-ruled his own staff to write that notorious headline and ignored the advice
    of the the very senior reporter who wrote the story in much more measured
    terms.

    Kelvin is not sorry at all. Only sorry that he has been found out. For the
    last year, MacKenzie has defended the illegal phone hacking of private numbers
    in order to get stories.

    The Sun is only apologizing because they have no choice. Kelvin MacKenzie
    is a wicked man. He has spent the last 20 years smearing anyone who criticised
    the Murdoch Media Empire.

    If former Murdoch Editors, Rebakah Brooks and Andy Coulson, are facing a
    prosecution, then surely Mackenzie also has some serious questions to
    answer.

  • Sarah

    He’s suing the police for defaming himself? Oh to have money.

  • http://twitter.com/ANonyMousse2 A Ronny Mousse
  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.gerard.900 Anthony Gerard

    In other words, the real victim of Hillsborough is not the friends and
    families of the 96 dead fans but Kelvin Mackenzie. You couldn’t make it up.
    MacKenzie still refuses to explain why he
    over-ruled his own staff to write that notorious headline and ignored the advice
    of the the very senior reporter who wrote the story in much more measured
    terms.

    Kelvin is not sorry at all. Only sorry that he has been found out. For the
    last year, MacKenzie has defended the illegal phone hacking of private numbers
    in order to get stories.

    The Sun is only apologizing because they have no choice. Kelvin MacKenzie
    is a wicked man. He has spent the last 20 years smearing anyone who criticised
    the Murdoch Media Empire.

    If former Murdoch Editors, Rebakah Brooks and Andy Coulson, are facing a
    prosecution, then surely Mackenzie also has some serious questions to
    answer.

  • Helen

    The cheek of It!! ..this is why I don’t feel sorry for him being ‘door stepped’ by channel4. He has never BEEN sorry, thats the point. how everyone knows what a piece of work he is he is blaming the police. Slimeball that he is. But Lets not argue over him any longer, because once all opinions, debates & sides of the story are done & dusted, we are still left with a huge [insert choice of word here] who is quite simply not a nice person..

  • rantadad

    did you hear about the s#@ reader who thought sheffield wednesday was a bank holiday in yorkshire.
    the three-lettered answer crossword is quite a challenge when they’re not allowed sharp instruments such as pens pencils etc and crayons are too tasty.
    if their IQ numbers were pennies they wouldn’t be able to afford a copy. page three’s tits are bigger in numbers and child friendly
    the day gary glitter headlines childrens in need this piece odious piece of filth will be forgiven on merseyside. this little brown-noser ran with that headline and went on believing the 23 year-old lie from hearsay overheard from a chinaman by TWO figures of the establishment, Rt. Horrible, conservative MP Sir Cyril Irvine Patnick OBE and the whole of south yorkshire police. the real truth is out now and you’ve been stitched up my son, believing and defending the indefensible. 23 years sycophanting the big boys was to no avail, you ain’t gonna feel the steel of the queens sword on your shoulder. wish it was your neck for crimes of treason, selling out on your fellow human beings for a scoop. the “celebrities” haven’t finished drying the hurt from their tears on the cash from dirty “newspapers” when up pops this lowlife demanding compensation saying he suffered “personal vilification (to make vicious and defamatory statements about) for decades” a slug with no backbone trying to walk UPRIGHT in a civilised society but the slime trail gives you away,
    he would have gotten away with it but for those meddling scousers

  • http://twitter.com/mackydee1977 Macky Dee

    Do the poeple of Liverpool hate S.Yorkshire Police? They are the real Ghastly Bast**ds. If you cant trust the police, who can you trust – we should ALL know not to trust red rags like The Sun.

    • http://twitter.com/ANonyMousse2 A Ronny Mousse

      Errr it’s not just the people of Liverpool that were affected by this.

      Victims and survivors weren’t all from the city. Remember it’s not just about the 96 who sadly died, but also those who survived who’ve had their reputations tarnished falsely.

      In any case as a result of his lies and his continued peddling of them for money, LFC fans have had to put up with abuse for 23 years – and in some quarters it’s still continuing hidden behind vile chanting dressed up as allegedly being about other things. That is one of the legacies that MacKenzie’s actions have left.
      Yes the police are ultimately responsible – but they were not alone. SWFC, Sheffield City Council, the FA and others had a part to play in the tragic events of the day too.
      The Police Federation are still backing the man who issued the press statements to the media at the time Paul Middup … that speaks volumes for attitudes.

  • Old Badger

    Heysel

    • http://twitter.com/ANonyMousse2 A Ronny Mousse

      Has nothing at all to do with Hillsborough at all – cheap points scoring again. Pathetic

      • Old Badger

        JFT39

        • http://twitter.com/ANonyMousse2 A Ronny Mousse

          Old Badger – you need to be culled. Pathetic excuse for a human being. Already been justice for “the 39” or perhaps you’ve missed all of that. No my mistake – you’re just a troll.

          • Old Badger

            ‘you need to be culled’
            Like 39 Italians?

            • http://twitter.com/ANonyMousse2 A Ronny Mousse

              Yeah that’s the sole level of your “mature” contribution to debate isn’t it Old Badger – ridiculing the dead of any team. Says more about you than it does me. Like I said you’re a troll and you’ve now proved it for everyone else to see. Pretty obvious who you “support”.

              • Old Badger

                Truth on your terms only, eh? Have a guess who I support. You’d be surprised. How tasteful do you think threatening to ‘cull’ someone is, because they point out an inconvenient truth?
                Maybe you think I’m a Chelsea fan – after all LFC tried to blame THEM for Heysel.
                To help you out: it’s not in the Premier League and has no antipathy to LFC.
                Looks like I’ve touched a raw nerve.
                Giustizia per il 39

                • http://twitter.com/ANonyMousse2 A Ronny Mousse

                  No raw nerve at all but if you think Heysel has anything to do with Hillsborough other than LFC then you are very much mistaken.

                  Instead of spouting your bile and twisting the REAL truth why don’t you actually read what REALLY happened at both disasters?

                  You’ll actually find there were more issues surrounding the behaviour of the authorities in charge. Do you really think that LFC fans set out in 1985 to kill at Heysel ? That was as a result of a crowd charge AND most importantly a derilect wall collapsing. It was the wall collapsing that created the deaths. LFC fans were jailed for their part in it – unlike the people who caused Hillsborough.
                  Why don’t you realize that “cull” was a reference to the possible mass real-life Badger cull ?
                  Not truth on my terms – proper TRUTH not bile or twisted agenda.
                  Oh that’s right – finding out the proper facts about the WHOLE issue – it wouldn’t suit your vile little agenda. That’s what trolls do btw – or maybe you’re just ignorant to what TRUTH really is.
                  Toodles.

                • Old Badger

                  So what happened? A big boy did it and ran away? Pathetic.

                  You don’t get to the TRUTH by pretending you know what it is by writing in BIG LETTERS.

                  Giustizia per il 39

                • http://twitter.com/ANonyMousse2 A Ronny Mousse

                  Aw bless – obviously hit a raw nerve – more interested in my use of uppercase than the actual truth. What on earth Heysel has to do with Kelvin MacKenzie and South Yorkshire Police only you know … good luck with that.

                  And as for your pathetic reply … no a big boy didn’t do it and run away – but then again you already would know that if you did some research.

                  Why don’t you ask Juventus the club what they think about what happened and whether the jailing of LFC fans, UEFA and Belgian officials constituted justice for Heysel ? Leave the rest of us to have a debate about what this article is really about.

                  Oh hang on – that would require you to act like an adult wouldn’t it !!

                  Justice for the 96, Justice for the LIES told by press and the likes of you, Justice for the other victims of H’Boro.

                • Old Badger

                  Like I say, looks like I touched a raw nerve.

                  LFC should have a big carpet on its badge.

                  It’s where you like to sweep inconvenient facts.

                  Heysel. Giustizia per il 39.

                • http://twitter.com/ANonyMousse2 A Ronny Mousse

                  Still can’t read I note …. which inconvenient facts have been swept away ? I’ve already said LFC fans were jailed for their part in it. Which bit of that isn’t accepting that some were to blame, but to blame the whole of LFC for it is stupid and frankly stereotyping bigotry.

                  Like I said earlier do some research on Heysel and you’ll see that it’s not as cut and dried as you seem to think it is.

                  But let’s not let the truth ever get in the way of a really vile set of rumours – no-one ever does that do they : South Yorkshire Police.

                  Do you work for them ?

                • http://www.facebook.com/debra.creevy Debra Creevy

                  39 people died at Heysel. 96 lives were lost at Hillsborough. What’s your point?

                • http://twitter.com/ANonyMousse2 A Ronny Mousse

                  Cheers Debra – he went very quiet after 9pm on Thursday 27th – probably just after bedtime 😉 :) Pretty clear to me OldB not interested in truth just vicious lies and rumour. I was starting to strongly suspect at one point it was Kelvin himself tbh. Same sort of denial 😉

                • Old Badger

                  So not an ounce of contrition. As expected.

                  Heysel. Giustizia per il 39.

                • http://twitter.com/ANonyMousse2 A Ronny Mousse

                  Still can’t read then … not my fault you can’t.

                  The contrition is there – you just choose to ignore it for your own sad little purposes – like most people who are on a pre-determined agenda of stereotyped bigotry.
                  Your continued ignorance of what’s been said and what’s happened says a lot about you as a person.
                  I actually feel sorry for you … what a sad little world you must live in – nothing better to do that spout bile and falsehoods about something you clearly know nothing about.
                  Only people with something to hide would act like you do – it’s easier for you to blame scousers or LFC than actually accept what really happened.
                  Just like Kelvin MacKenzie ….
                  Kelvin .. is that you ?

                • Old Badger

                  The TRUTH, eh? It was the cops. And the stadium architects. And UEFA. And the Juve fans. Maybe the dead themselves? And those English fans with southern accents. Anyone missing from that list?

                  Giustizia per il 39

                • http://twitter.com/ANonyMousse2 A Ronny Mousse

                  Ah the Truth .. you’ve got selective reading … read it again …

                • http://twitter.com/ANonyMousse2 A Ronny Mousse

                  No raw nerve at all but if you think Heysel has anything to do with Hillsborough other than LFC then you are very much mistaken.

                  Instead of spouting your bile and twisting the REAL truth why don’t you actually read what REALLY happened at both disasters?

                  You’ll actually find there were more issues surrounding the behaviour of the authorities in charge. Do you really think that LFC fans set out in 1985 to kill at Heysel ? That was as a result of a crowd charge AND most importantly a derilect wall collapsing. It was the wall collapsing that created the deaths. LFC fans were jailed for their part in it – unlike the people who caused Hillsborough.
                  Why don’t you realize that “cull” was a reference to the possible mass real-life Badger cull ?
                  Not truth on my terms – proper TRUTH not bile or twisted agenda.
                  Oh that’s right – finding out the proper facts about the WHOLE issue – it wouldn’t suit your vile little agenda. That’s what trolls do btw – or maybe you’re just ignorant to what TRUTH really is.
                  Toodles.

              • Old Badger

                Truth on your terms only, eh? Have a guess who I support. You’d be surprised. How tasteful do you think threatening to ‘cull’ someone is, because they point out an inconvenient truth?
                Maybe you think I’m a Chelsea fan – after all LFC tried to blame THEM for Heysel.
                To help you out: it’s not in the Premier League and has no antipathy to LFC.
                Looks like I’ve touched a raw nerve.
                Giustizia per il 39

          • DGStuart

            ‘You need to be culled’? And you have the brass neck to accuse others of being a troll!

            • http://twitter.com/ANonyMousse2 A Ronny Mousse

              Explained further down as being a reference to the real life Badger cull – of course I didn’t mean literally ffs. As for brass neck – err raising the deaths of anyone to score points is brass neck. Try again.

  • Jay_Kay

    Kelvin, you have been rumbled. We all know you are scum, maybe you are struggling with this FACT. Would you like me to put it in a headline for you?

    This disgusting, arrogant man deserves everything that is coming to him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/debra.creevy Debra Creevy

    Mackenzie is a disgrace. A twisted, bitter, old, fat disgrace. His best bet would be to crawl under some rock and live out what’s left of his miserable existence in silence. But I’m guessing he likes the attention, so we’ll all have to watch him getting fatter and older and more twisted and bitter until the reaper comes to drag him off. He did a lot of harm and enjoyed every second of it, but it’s over now. He doesn’t need to worry about what people from Liverpool might do to him if they get their hands on him – he isn’t worth the effort. He’s got nothing left. No more stones to throw. No more positions of ‘power’. No more being listened to. That’s hell on earth for someone like him. He’s dead already.

  • bluecat

    ‘Where does that leave me?” asks Mr McKenzie.
    Well – to adopt someone else’s phrase – the sewer, if not actually the sewage.

  • Dave

    Knob head

  • David Lindsay

    The old gang is on trial, the campaign against Page Three is gearing up, and Kelvin MacKenzie wants damages from South Yorkshire Constabulary. All that, and Leveson has not even reported yet.

    As much as anything else, the obviously impending closure will force the Mirror Group titles back to their roots as serious popular newspapers. After all, Maurice Glasman, never did take up that column on the Sunday edition of The Sun. Let it go and take Toby Young with it.

    There was a pre-Murdoch Sun, and even Auberon Waugh wrote for it. Before even that, it was the Daily Herald, which was at one time edited by George Lansbury, and for which both Chesterton and Belloc were known to write.

    It awarded the Order of Industrial Heroism, the medal of which was designed by Eric Gill of the Distributist League and of the Westminster Cathedral Stations of the Cross, and featured Saint Christopher carrying the Christ Child.

    That at a time when the awarding newspaper was the official organ of the TUC, recalling all those Biblical scenes and characters on many a trade union banner.

    Maurice Glasman, indeed. Rod Liddle, as now. Neil Clark. Tim Collard. Martin Meenagh. Oh, yes, there would be no shortage of people to write for the revived Daily Herald. With no more competition from the gutter or the sewer.

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