DAVID CAMERON may well be right when he says that the promised full disclosure of government documents in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster will not bring “closure” to the families.
As Prime Minister, he is certainly in a better position than us to judge, given the access his position allows him to the files of his predecessors.
Yet in some ways, his comments miss the point.
It may be that there will be nothing in the documents that will shed further light on what happened that day, or indeed on the extent to which the government of the day might have been involved in the lies and smears which caused such outrage in its aftermath.
But as long as the files remain sealed, the relatives of the 96 will continue to be haunted by the uncertainty of what they might hold.
Mr Cameron is somewhat wounded by the lack of credit he feels his government has received for its part in the process of opening up the files to scrutiny.
It was the right thing to do, and the Coalition should be credited for that, though no more than Andy Burnham or Steve Rotheram for the passionate way in which they have fought to lead the government to this conclusion.
Even on the most optimistic reading, it was unlikely that anything in these files would provide a degree of insight that would finally end the torment of the bereaved.
Mr Cameron is right to voice the genuine concern that the eventual revelations might disappoint them.
But if there is nothing of huge significance to be revealed, then even knowing that for sure will give the families the comfort of knowing there has been no stone left unturned.