On 23rd September 2008 Shanahan wrote in The Sun:
‘Dangerous streets are Labour’s fault. Too few police, soft courts, not enough jails, rampant truancy. Yobbish schools are down to heads being undermined by Labour politicians.
‘Domestic violence is made worse by Labour’s welfare culture in which millions are paid to booze their lives away in front of the telly. How many kids are caught in the crossfire as rows erupt in homes where nobody has any purpose beyond the next trip to the offie?’
It is also apparent that he is no longer the maverick right-wing voice of choice for BBC1’s Question Time or Radio 4’s Any Questions.
Why should this be? In a word, Hillsborough. Twenty-four years on from the tragedy he cannot escape the fury of the people of Liverpool for his front page that defamed the city’s football fans.
One disastrous decision, to refer to the disgusting and false allegations about Liverpool FC’s fans as “The Truth”, has haunted him ever since.
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