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Justice for the 96! Hillsborough & exposing British police corruption!

It’s taken 23 long hard years for the families of the 96 that died at Hillsborough to get a glimpse of justice, 23 long years of successive British governments lying and colluding with a corrupt police force and media, finally yesterday the truth was revealed and the mass cover up exposed.

A couple of years ago I blogged on the ongoing “Justice for the 96” campaign started by Liverpool Football Club supporters and how Rupert Murdoch’s The Scum newspaper deliberately lied and how that web of lies was upheld by one of Murdoch’s key lieutenants – Kelvin McKenzie.

Today’s front page of The Scum newspaper sadly doesn’t look like the one above, in reality it looks like:

The carefully choreographed words of “deeply ashamed and profoundly sorry” were said by the Prime Minister David Cameron, The Scum editor Dominic Mohan and Norman Bettison Chief Constable of West Yorkshire police.

It’s been proved that there certainly was a conspiracy to ensure that the truth of Hillsborough would be covered up, my original post came well before Rupert Murdoch was shown to have the British political elite in his back pocket.

It’s no conspiracy theory that the “King-Maker” role played by the Zionist Rupert Murdoch owned media has supported successive Labour-Conservative governments in recent decades.

It’s no conspiracy theory to state that Rupert Murdoch has a pervasive and damaging effect on British democracy through his ownership of printed & television media channels.

If it’s not Rupert Murdoch, then it’s his zionist cohort Richard “the pornographer” Desmond who also has an equally troubling choke hold on British mainstream media.

Once in control of the media, the ideological warfare begins. This shows how the right wing zionist media owned by the likes of Rupert Murdoch & Richard Desmond promote the hatred of Muslims and Islam to sell newspapers.

I suppose it would be one conspiracy too many to suggest that Sean Hoare the News Of The World whistle blower was murdered because he knew too much?

I suppose it would be one conspiracy too many to suggest that our British government is the true enemy of free speech and a well and truly free press that is free to criticise?

Hell….you can have a plethora of sex channels on British television, you can even have a gay sex channel on British television and that’s no problem for David Cameron’s media regulator, OFCOM.

You can be Rupert Murdoch at the head of a media corporation which stands accused of rampaging through practically every law in the book and yet you are deemed to be a fit and proper person to operate a television station in London.

But report anything that contravenes the pro war actions of the government run media and there’s hell to pay!

When it comes to events such as Hillsborough, the London Tube bombings, the Lockerbie bombing can we trust the police and justice system?

The Independent newspaper stated the explosives used in the 7/7 bombs ‘was of military origin’

A former Scottish police chief, gave lawyers a signed statement stating that key evidence in the Lockerbie bombing trial was fabricated.

‘The retired officer – of assistant chief constable rank or higher – has testified that the CIA planted the tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people.’

Mark Duggan, the Tottenham man who was executed by the police, who’s murder sparked last year’s riots was said to have had a gun, there have been multiple claims against the police during the IPCC investigation for planting a gun at the scene to cover up for their own crime.

In a world that has been flooded by news, there is usually nothing that rises far above the smouldering lava of sensation — that which consumes all truth and absorbs all lies mixing them into a fiery lake or stew of bubbling nonsense. So much so, that to discover glanced over facts, to question people of importance within government or the machine itself leads to the branding of one as a “conspiracy theorist.”

Not all people who doubt the official version of the story are raving lunatics.

Some, like myself, have an honest distrust of their own government.

This is the legacy left by lying politicians and an untrustworthy media machine.

Always question.


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Adios Fernando Judas Torres, Hola Luis Suarez & Way Eye Man To Andy Carroll

Adios Judas (Fernando Torres) you had a chance to be a red legend….playing for plastic fans in london in the shed doesn’t compare….enjoy the wages.

At least we got top money for you, unlike the midget (owen) who ran down his contract and left for madrid for peanuts.

Luis Suarez has already scored on his debut, despite not playing for two months, while Carroll (nowhere close to providing any sort of value) was more of a panic buy then a well thought out purchase.

One monkey leaving doesn’t stop the circus.

Onwards and upwards.


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Should Liverpool FC’s Glen Johnson & Ryan Babel Be Censured Over Their Twitter Comments?

Is it wrong for footballers (or anyone else for that matter) to air their views openly on twitter, without the media industry calling for their heads?

Whatever happened to freedom of speech and expression?

Glen Johnson went hard against Paul Merson.

While Ryan Babel posted the above picture saying “And they call him one of the best referees? That’s a joke. SMH.” regarding referee Howard Webb’s shockingly poor and biased non performance in the Liverpool V Manure game yesterday.

In fact analysing Howard Webb’s last 10 games at Old Toilet makes for very interesting reading….Alex Fergusons’ puppet indeed.

Perhaps the media pundit industry should be aware that they talk it while others live it & in today’s world people don’t need to use the traditional media channels to give reporters the exclusive scoop they crave.


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Liverpool FC Sack Roy Hodgson – King Kenny Dalglish Returns

Breaking news: The board at Liverpool FC took the decision to remove Roy Hodgson from his post as manager and have replaced him with the legend that is “King” Kenny Dalglish.

The Akh and all Liverpool supporters thank the board for making this move and listening to our concerns over the future of our club.

The Akh does have some reservations over Dalglish’s managerial awareness, it’s been over a decade since he managed last – and the game has changed in that period.

Let’s hope that Kenny can galvanise the squad and inject some impetus into them ahead of the game at old toilet against manure in the FA cup tomorrow.


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A Message to John W. Henry, Tom Werner & NESV – Roy Hodgson Has To Go

Dear John,

You said yourself recently that there have been many poor short term decisions taken at this football club in the recent past. This is undoubtedly true and one of them was the appointment of Roy Hodgson as Liverpool manager. In all his 35 years of management there was absolutely no evidence that he had the experience required to manage a club of the stature of Liverpool FC. Despite this, for six months this site has supported him as best we could, as we did not want to exacerbate a problem not of your making. We were happy to trust your judgement, to allow you to get your feet under the desk, to appoint a management team and to make the right decision on the manager when you were ready. We were hoping that in return Roy just might prove capable of limiting the long-term damage to the club during that time.

Unfortunately it is clear from events so far this season culminating in the inept display last night that the consequences of keeping Roy Hodgson in place are now so pressing that immediate and decisive action is required from Fenway. His position at the club is no longer tenable. He appears to have lost the ability to motivate the team, a team of internationals and World Cup winners, and he has certainly lost the backing of the Anfield crowd with 44,000 openly showing their derision at his inept tactics.

The bond between Liverpool fans and their managers is strong, stronger than at any club in the world, and in normal circumstances it would be unthinkable to see the crowd turn on the manager as they did last night. If there was ever any coming back from that for Mr. Hodgson he closed that door himself in his post-match interview when he criticised the support of those same fans. Sorry, but those fans will be standing on the Kop supporting this team long after Roy Hodgson has gone and they were supporting their club in the only way they know how, defending it from a man who is corroding it from the inside.

I am well aware of the statistical modelling NESV use for the Boston Red Sox, I have the following stats for you to consider. During the calendar year of 2010, Liverpool’s performances were extraordinarily poor in an historical comparison:

* Two away league victories the entire year.
* Elimination at home to a pair of lower-league teams.
* First loss ever to a fourth-tier team.
* Got blanked in five European matches.
* Losing a whopping 15 matches in regular time (8 of them under Hodgson, all in the league).
* Extra-time included, five matches were lost at Anfield.
* Got blanked in nine league fixtures away from home (about half of them in fact).

The league performance over the entire year, then?

53 points in 36 matches makes a points average of 1.47 points per match.

45 goals scored, an average of only 1.25 goals, with only 10 goals conceded in Rafa’s effort last spring, repelled by a staggering 23 goals under Hodgson, the comparison making for a very interesting reading. In total the goal difference was 45-33.

How has the game/point ratio (in the league) been in previous years? Compared from 1991, the year our dynasty ended the moment King Kenny resigned, it looks like this:

1991: 66 pts/41 matches=1.61 pts ratio
1992: 58 pts/41 matches=1.41 pts ratio
1993: 63 pts/43 matches=1.47 pts ratio
1994: 69 pts/42 matches=1.64 pts ratio
1995: 73 pts/40 matches=1.83 pts ratio
1996: 78 pts/39 matches=2.00 pts ratio
1997: 63 pts/37 matches=1.70 pts ratio
1998: 59 pts/38 matches=1.55 pts ratio
1999: 60 pts/38 matches=1.58 pts ratio
2000: 60 pts/38 matches=1.58 pts ratio
2001: 70 pts/37 matches=1.89 pts ratio
2002: 74 pts/40 matches=1.85 pts ratio
2003: 56 pts/39 matches=1.44 pts ratio
2004: 65 pts/40 matches=1.63 pts ratio
2005: 64 pts/36 matches=1.78 pts ratio
2006: 79 pts/41 matches=1.93 pts ratio
2007: 69 pts/36 matches=1.92 pts ratio
2008: 81 pts/39 matches=2.08 pts ratio
2009: 74 pts/38 matches=1.95 pts ratio
2010: 53 pts/36 matches=1.47 pts ratio

So, despite the semi final in Europa League, this is our worst year on the football pitch since the pre-Shankly days. And the bad thing is that Hodgson will surely keep the job for another while following the typical knee-jerk reaction from our board following a solitary win

League positions for the record:
1990-91: 2nd
1991-92: 6th
1992-93: 6th
1993-94: 8th
1994-95: 4th
1995-96: 3rd
1996-97: 4th
1997-98: 3rd
1998-99: 7th
1999-00: 4th
2000-01: 3rd
2001-02: 2nd
2002-03: 5th
2003-04: 4th
2004-05: 5th
2005-06: 3rd
2006-07: 3rd
2007-08: 4th
2008-09: 2nd
2009-10: 7th
2010-11: 12th – 4 points from the bottom three

We haven’t finished lower than eighth in the top flight since we were relegated in 1954, which just shows how unacceptably poor our performances have been this autumn. Only the defensive record under Rafael Benitez saved this year from becoming the clearly worst post-Shankly year, and the fact that we actually were only minutes away from a European final.

I wholeheartedly agree with your strategy of concentrating on what is in the best long-term interests of Liverpool FC, even if it is at the expense of short-term popularity. I have never called for any serving manager of Liverpool FC to be kicked out, and that includes the Graeme Souness era, but I believe that we have reached a tipping point in the club’s direction and that Roy Hodgson’s continued presence in the dugout is now detrimental to the long-term future of the club as well as our immediate future this league season.

Akh The Angry Academic Activist
A supporter of Liverpool Football Club for 27 years

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Did the CIA pay new Liverpool Football Club owner to use his jet for torture flights?

Just when it couldn’t get any worse for Liverpool supporters, it has, a jet owned by co-owner of NESV, Philip H Morse was chartered by the CIA & used in it’s illegal renditioning – kidnapping & torturing programme of “terror suspects”.

Philip H Morse is vice chairman of New England Sports Ventures, which has recently bought Liverpool Football Club in the UK.

A jet owned by Morse was chartered by the CIA and used in flights linked to the kidnapping and torture of ‘terror suspects’.

Mr Morse confirmed the arrangement with the CIA. He said: ‘Yeah, that’s true.’

But he insisted he had stopped renting the plane to the CIA after he became aware of the rendition flights.

He said: ‘The plane is still chartered. It’s just not chartered to the CIA.’

How the hell did that get past the “fit & proper” test of ownership the Premier League is supposed to have in place?

I’ve never had any love for the Daily Mail and await to see if the sources of this news are proved to be reliable, at least more reliable than the photo-shopped picture the rag are using to headline this story.

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Victory for people power – Liverpool fans get regime change at Anfield!

It’s victory to the people as supporters of Liverpool Football Club finally got the regime change we’ve been hoping for at Anfield, as Aids & Cancer (Tom Hicks & George Gillett) lost their high court battle to keep control of the club.

It was a grass roots movement that led to this moment.

Let’s hope regime change off the pitch leads to better fortunes on it, with the drama’s of ownership behind us.

Though what John “Dubya” Henry (whats with americans and “dubya”?) will do different in terms of “leveraging” – borrowing money against the club’s assets that the previous regime did. The playing staff needs investment immediately, the stadium needs an extra 30,000 seats to have a truly self functioning revenue generation system. So how exactly will this be funded?

Yes it’s good to see the back of those clowns – and that’s doing a serious dis-service to clowns, but this interview with Hicks should show you what a complete and utter clueless idiot the guy is, blaming everyone but himself for the situation.

The Akh won’t forget how Rafa Benitez ripped straight onto the yankee cowboys straight away and in doing so opened the eyes of a lot of people.

To use his now immortal words after he flushed those reptiles out, whilst being attacked by the London based, manc loving football press pack scum in the process;

“Its not my ego … its my responsibility”

Pity about all those so called Liverpool fans who couldn’t see the politricks behind the scenes.

It cost him his job in the end, but he sacrificed that in order to bring awareness to the fans.

The club down the M6 don’t know what kind of murky water they are in because the purple faced, gin-soaked tramp prefers to dismiss the yellow & green Norwich campaign and back the Glazers instead of his own fans.

That’s one of the biggest difference between us and them.

Thank you Rafa for speaking up and fighting for Liverpool when most other managers (that’s you Mr. Ferguson) would have silently sat by.

Bring on Everton tomorrow!


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Liverpool FC Sold? – Replacing one set of Yankee cowboys with another

Am I the only one who is able to make the connection that Liverpool football club are getting rid of one set of bullshit merchants to replace them with another bunch of cowboys?

The people running the club are an absolute joke, The Akh regularly carries out due diligence as one of his duties in employment, and it didn’t take me long to procure the following facts;

“The problem lies in the fact that Henry’s group was highly leveraged when they bought the Red Sox, so they need to keep the team winning to pay the bills. This is why Theo Epstein once quit the Red Sox. He wanted to step back for a season and regroup to set the franchise up for the long haul. The people who control the money wanted to win each and every year, because that’s how they pay the bills.

If fans stop buying Red Sox Nation memberships, stop watching NESN, or decide that a few hundred dollars for a couple of good seats is too much, the bubble will quickly burst.

At this point you run the serious risk that the Red Sox suddenly became worth less than the amount borrowed to purchase the team. It happened to a whole lot of people who bought houses at the peak of that bubble, and it could happen to Boston.”

I fail to see what New England Sports Ventures would do that is different to what Hicks and Gillet were planning to do. NESV I guess would want to tie up sporting rights and merchandise between the two clubs they own – fine, but I doubt it’ll see the revenue it might like to. They lack the capital to build the stadium that is desperately needed to take the club on. What’s the betting that we see more debt lumbered onto the club to try and pay for the stadium.

The Akh has to agree with Alan Kennedy’s comments, Liverpool are glad to get anybody in.

This takeover is just Hicks and Gillet in another form.

You’ve gone and done it again.

Are they nuts?


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“Out of the R£d into the Black” Liverpool FC fans take on Yank owners

I’m no longer wearing the red shirt, I’m wearing black, I’m in mourning for Liverpool Football Club, as it dies a slow death at the hands of its American occupiers.

Trying to come up with a realistic metaphor for the situation facing us Liverpool supporters is tricky, but try to picture this. Say you are paying to have a dog living in your house that you just love. You love playing with it, you love watching it, you love taking care of it. However, you do not own this dog – two bulbous businessmen do. Now these businessmen have no clue when it comes to dog ownership, they just felt it would be a great idea to do so. Every so often they will pay your house a visit to collect your fee and feed this dog a chocolate bar, or give it a mohawk, or give it a new muzzle. There is nothing that you or the dog can do. Only the owners can make decisions for your beloved pooch.

Okay, so maybe that is not too realistic, but you get the idea. Under American businessmen Tom Hicks and George Gillett, Liverpool Football Club has spiralled into an incredible debt and also found themselves moving down to the middle of the Premier League table. Transfer spending is down, a promise for a new stadium was never fulfilled and a crippling debt has the left the future of the club in a haze.

With such a tricky situation at hand, Liverpool supporters had to find creative ways to protest the ownership without protesting against the club and the players itself.

The shirt (pictured top of the page) is available from viga, The Akh has purchased one and have to say the quality and design is of an excellent quality. Whilst wearing it out, The Akh has been stopped by two complete strangers asking about it, so the protest gathers momentum at a grass roots level.

Here’s some of the pictures from the excellent SOS – Spirit Of Shankly pressure group who are coordinating the movement for regime change at Anfield, taken after our last home game against Sunderland on the 25th September 2010.

You’ll Never Walk Alone


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An Unashamed Defence Of Rafael Benitez’s Reign At Liverpool FC

The Akh was sad to see Rafael Benitez forced out as manager of my beloved Liverpool FC, in six months time, the reign of Rafa at my club, will seem like a golden age.

It was wonderfully refreshing to read an article about Rafa Benitez in the national press this morning that, for once, refuses to jump on the bandwagon of condemnation that portrays the Liverpool manager`s tenure at Anfield as an unmitigated disaster. It was not.

I have found it utterly depressing and frustrating that so many pundits have attempted to re-write history and engaged in a skewed analysis of a manager`s achievements at a club that, on a financial footing, had no divine right to be in the top four year after year – let alone going all the way to two Champions League finals, a Champions League trophy and taking Manchester United down to the wire for the Premier League title just over 12 months ago.

Reading the opinion columns of the last 48 hours, you`d have been persuaded that Rafa Benitez has left behind him a Liverpool side bereft of talent, prospects or any value whatsoever. The fact that the Liverpool squad is worth considerably more than the one he inherited has been overlooked by the majority, while even his former employers would have to concede that the club that was valued at £80 million they have themselves just placed on the market at £500 million.

Granted, Rafa may not have won over every heart and mind in the media – and maybe they might have taken to him more readily if he`d charmed them with an Irish wit, English passion or passed himself off as a canny Scot. Maybe if he`d got on with Sir Alex, the masses might have forgiven his cool Castillian exterior. They didn’t, nor did he go out of his way to entertain them.

When Rafa took Liverpool to within a whisker of the title last season, they judged him on personality rather than points. He didn`t wear a tracksuit and he wasn’t one of the lads, but what he did do was win Liverpool a Champions League Trophy and keep the club competitive while the debts grew bigger than the transfer budget. And that`s a fact.

Anyway,as you like to say, that was my rant. Here`s what Brian Reade put rather brilliantly in The Daily Mirror this morning – and I hope he does not mind me reproducing it in full, as it is well worth reading:

“Right to the end the professional pundits failed to understand why so many Liverpudlians stayed loyal to Rafa Benitez.

As 500 fans marched on Anfield after his departure, chanting the Spaniard`s name, heads shook at a footballing sub-species bracketed ­somewhere between romantic die-hards and mawkish morons.

To the “expert” eye, these deluded fools had been conned by Benitez`s cunning and blinded to his failings by the glory of Istanbul and the ­criminal incompetence of the American owners.

Liverpool fans they said, once among the most knowledgeable in the world, had clearly lost touch with the modern reality, and were now a sad throwback to the days when sideburned men kicked orange balls.

Well, I`d argue one of the saddest aspects of modern ­football is too many pundits, including ex-players, have not paid to watch a game since those orange ball days. And they`ve lost touch with the fan.

I`m not saying Benitez had to stay. The results and the football last year were shocking, he`s been a major player in Anfield`s destructive civil war, and the number of fans disillusioned with his style and methods was growing.

But to paint his six-year reign as an unmitigated disaster, sustained only by the over-sentimentalising of Istanbul, is analysis at its most skewed and cringeful. By 2004 Liverpool had been relegated to the status of European also-rans. Benitez made the club a genuine world force again.

It wasn`t just that 2005 ­Champions League win (which is shamelessly downplayed as a fluke despite beating Fabio Capello`s Juventus, Jose Mourinho`s Chelsea and Carlo Ancelotti`s AC Milan). Or reaching the 2007 Champions League final and the 2008 semi-final. It wasn`t even UEFA elevating Liverpool to Europe`s top-seeded club due to results under Benitez.

It was beating Real Madrid and Inter Milan at the Bernabeu and San Siro (which the Reds had never before done) and Barcelona at the Nou Camp. Magical victories at the very top of world football, which restored long-overdue respect to Liverpudlian hearts.

Ah say the experts, but he didn`t win the league. True. But he got closer than any Liverpool boss in the past 20 years. A season ago he was a whisker away, taking the highest number of points by a runner-up in a 38-game season and the club`s best points haul since 1988.

And he did so despite having the 5th highest wage bill ­in the league, the 5th ­costliest squad, the 5th biggest stadium capacity and a net annual transfer spend of £15million. Which should have made experts ask why Liverpool were ever considered a nailed-on top four side under Benitez, especially when the boardroom was mired in anarchy.

Ah, they say, but he`d long lost the players and the board. So why have Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt and Pepe Reina signed new long-term contracts within the past year? Why last August did managing director Christian Purslow do interviews purring over Benitez and how he was integral to the club`s future?

Ah, the experts say, but that was before he let Xabi Alonso go, which everyone could see was a calamity. These would be the same experts who, for the previous couple of seasons, claimed Liverpool were a two-man team. With Alonso (on whom Benitez turned a £20million profit) never being mentioned as one of those two.

Ah, they say, but Torres apart, he only signed sub-standard dross and ended up with a shockingly-weak squad. Really?

Liverpool are sending 12 players (13 if you count Milan Jovanovic whose Bosman signing is going through) to the World Cup. Or an entire team: Reina, Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson, Babel, Gerrard, Mascherano, Rodriguez, Kuyt, Torres. Subs: Kyrgiakos, Jovanovic.

Eleven Chelsea players flew out to South Africa, the same number as Arsenal, and Manchester United sent eight. Does that look like he`s left Anfield bare of talent?

The truth is Benitez leaves a squad worth many times more than the one he inherited, despite spending less in the past three transfer windows than he`s brought in.

I don`t seek to rewrite history or airbrush Benitez`s ­failings. I saw last year`s football and it stank. I felt the growing anger among players and fans at his bloody-mindedness and knew something had to give.

Which is why it may be best for all concerned that he walks on. But now he has, let`s do him the honour of getting his legacy right.

Rafa Benitez was many things at Liverpool but unlike every manager since Kenny Dalglish, he was not a failure.

Indeed a majority of ­us will remember him as a legend.

Because like Bill Shankly, on more days and nights than those expert pundits ever care to recall, he made the people happy.

Adios Rafa, Thanks for the memories, You’ll Never Walk Alone.


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