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Error of Judgement: The Truth About The Birmingham Bombings Paperback – 9 Mar 1990


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Poolbeg Press Ltd; Revised edition edition (9 Mar 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853710903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853710902
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Mullin has been the Labour MP for Sunderland South since 1987. He chaired the Home Affairs Select Committee and served in three departments. He is the author of the bestselling novel A Very British Coup, re-published by Serpent's Tail, which was turned into an award-winning television series.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 July 2011
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In this Book Chris Mullin not only tells the true story of The Birmingham Six but also the lays bare the scandalous behavior of a British Justice System from the Police to the Appeals Court Judges whom all conspired to firstly wrongly convict and subsequently uphold those convictions for 16 years in the face of indisputable evidence of the six mens' innocence. This updated version of the Book was published in 1989, following the 2nd unsuccessful Appeal at which most if not all of the crowns evidence was discredited and still the men would have to wait until their 3rd appeal in 1991 before the British Establishment would allow themselves to admit to the wrongfullness of the convictions. Mullins work on this book and on the Granada TV Documentary "Who Bombed Birmingham?" played a major role in having the case referred to the 1989 appeal court, Mullin also goes a step further in tracking down the actual Bombers. The fact that the book was written and updated before the Crown finally owned up to their "mistake" actually adds to the book rather than retracts from it in that the reader is presented with the evidence which to the layman is overwhelming in favor of the six men and yet the appeal of 1989 was rejected.One thing that worried me in reading this book was the hysteria against innocent Irish people in Birmingham at the time is very relevant to the reaction witnessed to the 7/7 bombings in London and leaves the nagging doubt in my mind that a miscarriage of justice could very likely happen again in the current climate
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David McC on 8 July 2013
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The story is now well known... The Birmingham Six were six men--Hugh Callaghan, Patrick Joseph Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power and John Walker--sentenced to life imprisonment in 1975 in England for the Birmingham pub bombings. Their convictions were declared unsafe and unsatisfactory and quashed by the Court of Appeal on 14 March 1991. The six men were later awarded compensation ranging from £840,000 to £1.2 million.

For me, however, the book is more important for the way in which Chris Mullin exposes how the Establishment (police, judiciary, government - and some extent, the press) gets things wrong and closes ranks when threatened with exposure. (Re Hillsborough....)

There was no conspiracy at work here. No one sat in a darkened room and plotted the events that led to men being beaten and falsely jailed. But it is fascinating to see how little-by-little, the zeitgeist - the consensus - works to align the facts with the established view of events.

On a purely technical note... it would have been better to have bought the later edition of this book which takes us up the the actual events surrounding the acquittal of the men.

Thank goodness for the few good men in this world like Chris Mullin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Macaulay on 15 Jan 2014
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This book makes horrifying reading. It also makes one realise how quickly a conclusion can be arrived at and condemnation made without any concrete evidence whatsoever and then upheld for sixteen years because the establishment could not bring itself to believe that the police were anything other than truthful and incorruptible. Thank goodness for Chris Mullen and people of his ilk. What is truly horrifying is that it leaves one with the belief that this kind of thing could so easily happen again.
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