Ukip donor Arron Banks says he is 'sick to death' of hearing about Hillsborough

Arron Banks, the biggest donor to Ukip, has said that he is “sick to death of hearing about” the Hillsborough stadium disaster in which 96 people died, describing it as an “awful accident” that “could have happened anywhere, anytime” in the 1980s. He also accused one of his critics of “milking a tragedy forever”.

The millionaire businessman was reacting to a tweet on Tuesday by the Daily Mirror columnist Brian Reade after Paul Nuttall, Ukip’s leader, admitted that claims on his website that he had lost close friends in the disaster were false.

After Reade criticised Nuttall, Banks replied:

Arron Banks
(@Arron_banks)

I’m sick to death of hearing about it. It was a disaster and that’s it, not some sort of cultural happening https://t.co/KTJPosOGDo


February 14, 2017

After Reade remarked that he was “sorry you’re sick” of hearing about the disaster, Banks went on:

Arron Banks
(@Arron_banks)

No milking a tragedy forever is sick https://t.co/t1AHg6WJqb


February 14, 2017

Arron Banks
(@Arron_banks)

if a policemen opens a gate trying to help and makes a bad decision it’s an accident. As for a cover up it was the 80’s. https://t.co/shIMzVXNoL


February 14, 2017

Arron Banks
(@Arron_banks)

It was the 80’s , I been at some matches that were squeezed beyond belief. This could have happened anywhere anytime. https://t.co/W8gAyZYr5Q


February 14, 2017

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