Sanum Ghafoor takes a look at the last seven days in a week that saw the truth about Hillsborough finally revealed, the real cost of clothes and more royal exposures
With Prince Harry caught playing billiards naked in a £,6000-a-night hotel suite whilst partying in LA, you’d think that the Windsors would be a bit more careful before taking their kit off.
But no, less than three weeks on, the latest victim to be photographed nude by the hawk-like paparazzi is Kate Middleton. With all the taxpayers’ money, can’t the Royal Family purchase some clothes? Let’s just hope they don’t send her to Afghanistan like they did with Harry, to ‘carry on promoting the war in the face of all evidence which says it should be ended immediately.’
Pakistan, riddled with poverty, corruption, famine and drones week after week, always has something worth discussing.
This week, two clothes factories, one in Lahore and one in Karachi, were both engulfed with flames resulting in the death of over 300 people, women and children included. Hundreds more were injured, including a pregnant woman who leapt from a window in the five floor building.
There was no health and safety protocol, emergency fire exits, extinguishers or fireproof blankets to protect workers whilst they were burnt to their deaths. Exit routes were blocked by piles of clothes, hazardous toxic chemicals left unsupervised and except for one door, the rest were all firmly locked with iron bars placed upon all windows.
Many have offered explanations for the caged up factories, ranging from preventing workers trying to get out of their shift early to preventing a break in from occurring.
But the most likely reason for the tight security and prison like conditions enforced in the factories, one of which was illegally built, was in fear the underpaid, overworked workers would steal the fruits of their labour. By keeping poor working conditions in the sweatshops and exploiting labour, and with safety inspections being ‘passed’ with the exchanging of a few notes, this allowed for low manufacturing costs and the ability to maximise on profit. Capitalism; sell your labour and for those Pakistanis, it was at the cost of their lives.
And the main story of the week, a story which has gone on for 23 years-Hillsborough. We’ve got the truth, now we want justice.
At last, The Truth came out after 23 years. The dignity and respect of the families of Hillsborough was always an example. #JFT96— Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) September 12, 2012
Hillsborough is a breathtaking crime. The authorities were responsible for the deaths, then covered it up and smeared the victims #jft96— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) September 12, 2012
To clarify, Hillsborough Panel says 41 people had the potential to survive after 3.15pm— Dan Roan (@danroan) September 12, 2012
So, BBC, no more booking Kelvin MacKenzie and pretending he's a regular punter, eh? Book him to interrogate him.— Graham Linehan (@Glinner) September 12, 2012
From Hillsborough to Jean Charles de Menezes and Tomlinson: *never* believe post-fatality spin from police. Invariably false and misleading.— David Allen Green (@DavidAllenGreen) September 12, 2012
By the way, Kelvin Mackenzie - you disgusting little fucker.— Danny Baker (@prodnose) September 12, 2012
The Sun's coverage of Hillsborough was part of the demonisation of working class people under the Thatcher government. Justice For The 96.— Pete Sinclair (@pete_sinclair) September 12, 2012
In a just and sane society Thatcher would be held to account for this, in much the same other war criminals are. Slandering dead children.— Irvine Welsh (@WelshIrvine) September 12, 2012
PM: "Police changed the records of what happened and tried to blame the fans." #hillborough— Sophy Ridge (@SophyRidgeSky) September 12, 2012
"164 police statements were significantly amended." Staggering. At last after 23 years THE REAL TRUTH. #jft96— Paul Salt (@paulsaltysalt) September 12, 2012
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