The Report, on BBC Radio 4 at 8pm this evening, devotes thirty minutes to an issue which is long overdue - the falsification of evidence by police officers against pickets during the 1984-5 Miners Strike.
This issue has been given impetus by understanding of the scale of the misconduct by South Yorkshire police at Hillsborough in 1989. I have to say the cynic in me wonders if this issue is old enough that it can now be safely addressed by the establishment - 30 years on it is likely virtually all of the police officers involved will be safely retired, and a cordon sanitaire placed around them.
More generally, the time is long overdue for a proper investigation into the police, the security services and the BBC's conduct during the miners strike. We know that it was gloves off for Mrs Thatcher, and that for the Conservative Party defeating the miners was a matter of life and death. The extent to which this corrupted institutions of the state - MI5, regional police Special Branches, the criminal justice system, the Department of Social Security, the BBC and a series of police forces is known, in bits and pieces, to the miners, but it has not been collated together into a single narrative.
Perhaps the closest we have is Seamus Milne's book "The Enemy Within: Thatcher's Secret War Against the Miners". Unfortunately Milne has proved himself so potty elsewhere, his can hardly be the final word. It is to be hoped that this evening's documentary is a step forward to addressing a significant, and shameful, part of Britain's history.