Leave Orgreave to the historians – the police did what they had to do

Charles Moore in The Telegraph:

What people usually mean by the word “Orgreave” is June 18 1984. That day, mass “travelling” pickets (more than 5,000 of them) clashed with almost equally large numbers of police. There were scores of injuries and several arrests, though no deaths. The pickets, organised by Arthur Scargill’s National Union of Mineworkers, were trying to stop lorries delivering coal to and taking coke out of the coking plant there in South Yorkshire. One police officer who was there that day (and was the son-in-law of a miner) tells me the police’s job was “to allow those who wanted to work to do so”.

On this occasion, Moore comes out firmly on the side of the ends justifying the means.  He’s wrong.