That's a very long and very balanced post but I can't agree with it.
Incompetence implies that the controlling mind was doing their best but didn't have the capabilities to do better. I don't believe that. I believe that the way the police acted that day and on other days was criminal and I believe that the way football fans were herded into pens not fit for animals was criminal.
In short, it wasn't incompetence, naivite or any soft word that caused Hillsborough. It was the deliberate actions of people that could only ever lead this way. If it hadn't been at Hillsborough it would have been at Old Trafford. Or Anfield. Or Maine Road. It had already been Ibrox and elsewhere. Or it could have been any of the other stadiums that were falling apart, unlit and unsafe - the only new bits on them being the metal used to hem in crowds that could never give in a surge or when deliberate acts led to overcrowding.
And then to insult the dead. Was that incompetence? Was it middle managers? No. It was the middle managers, the rank and file who'd done jack all to save any one *and* their bosses. And the establishment behind them. And the media nodding along.
Were they naive? Were they a bit lazy? No. They were part and parcel of it as they went along cheering the brave boys in blue. It made me sick then and it makes me sick now. And to see posts from people on here who can't even be bothered to go and check the facts ... frankly, there aren't words.
I see where you're coming from but the way I interpreted everything I've heard is that there was probably a handful of very serious mistakes about the whole setup, crowd control and ground stewarding. The problem is that when the mistakes became apparent the first instinct of the middle managers in charge, especially Chief Superintendent Duckenfield, was to treat the crowd like potential football hooligans and cover up those mistakes. Those instinctual bad decisions cost the lives of 55 people and were material in most of the injured people being injured.
The second, more deliberate, set of actions by those in charge at the ground to not allow help in and to treat it like football hooliganism were nothing other than deliberate and criminal and cost the lives of 41 further people who could have been saved if the police had treated it like a tragedy rather than act of hooliganism. Of those decisions, the police decision to only to allow one ambulance of the 44 that arrived to help probably cost most of those lives.
The third set of actions after the scale of the tragedy became known by the middle managers and their senior management bosses were a clear perversion of the course of justice in every single action of the police from the moment it was escalated out of the hands of the Chief Superintendent Duckenfield's control right to the inquests and beyond.
In no way am I excusing the criminal and disgraceful actions of the police involved but I'm in no real doubt that it all started with serious misjudgements rather than deliberate actions. My mind refuses to accept that anyone could do those things deliberately in the cold pre-match preparations, they'd have to be psychopathic in nature to have done that. Once the tragedy started though, the first instincts were to cover up then then the pressure to keep lying made it easier to keep lying than tell the truth.