Aberfan: Government and Disasters

Aberfan: Government and Disasters

Aberfan: Government and Disasters

Aberfan: Government and Disasters

Synopsis

First comprehensive study of the 1966 Aberfan disaster using documents previously kept secret under the 30 years rule. Also examines other major disasters such as: Zeebrugge, Hillsborough, Pipa Alpha.

Excerpt

We were very pleased to be asked by lain McLean and Martin Johnes to contribute a few words to this important new work. Abelfan: Government Disasters. Professor McLean has aided the cause of the bereaved of Aberfan and Merthyr Vale previously through several newspapers articles, which led to the reparation by the Government of £150,000 taken after the disaster from charity funds to clear the tip. This book is a meticulous examination of the documents and media reports relating to the disaster and, as such, is a landmark as the first serious lengthy academic treatment of Aberfan. Professor McLean and Dr Johnes have conducted their research with sensitivity and sympathy, and remained committed to uncovering the truth throughout. Their findings are as shocking as they are illuminating, and are a lesson to this and future governments as to how disasters should be handled. The bereaved of Aberfan and Merthyr Vale hope that such gross mismanagement and injustice is never again meted out to this in the most dire and unthinkable of circumstances.

H. Clifford Minett — Chairman of the Aberfan and Merthyr Vale Cemetery and Memorial Garden Committee.

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