But what about a fair deal for the relatives of the victims? Neither the Scottish Fatal Accident Inquiry in 1990-91 nor the Air Accident Investigation Branch revealed the whole truth of how and why the disaster happened (and was allowed to happen). Relatives were told that would come out only in a criminal trial. What if there is to be no trial?
The Government has repeatedly refused requests for an independent public inquiry, with no plausible explanation. The fifth anniversary of the disaster falls on 21 December. The continuing refusal of an inquiry is uncivilised, and an insult to the 270 who died.
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