Undercover police abused female activists. But the inquiry is a farce | Alison

We’re fighting to uncover the officers who infiltrated our lives – but the judge is hopelessly naive. We need proper scrutiny now

• Alison is a pseudonym for one of eight women who successfully took legal action against the Metropolitan police over the conduct of undercover officers

For those of us who have been caught up in the “spycops” scandal – referred to as “core participants” in the public inquiry into undercover policing – this week’s hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice comprised little more than hours of legalese and Kafkaeseque arguments based on redacted documents and closed sessions.

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