Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Why Glasgow City Council MUST Be Held To Account

Glasgow City Council got off very lightly over last years bin lorry tragedy.

VERY lightly.

After all, they were the ones who employed the driver, Harry Clarke, who lied to get the job with them.

To date, Glasgow City Council have never been held properly accountable for failing to make adequate employee checks on Harry Clarke before giving him the job of driving one of their bin lorries.

Six innocent people lost their lives.

One of the reasons why Glasgow City Council may have escaped facing the music for the part they played in this terrible tragedy is because the Crown Office, Police Scotland, and the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) got together just a day after the crash and made a decision that this incident should be treated as a road traffic accident rather than a Health & Safety matter (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-33974460).

Now, I'm not the only one who has raised a suspicious eyebrow at just how quickly Police Scotland, the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service, and the Health & Safety Executive decided the bin lorry tragedy should be treated as a road traffic accident and not a Health & Safety matter. Deciding the very next day after the incident was not enough time to know all the facts and circumstances.

But it would seem that I'm the only person so far who has joined the dots and remains decidedly uneasy with the fact that Glasgow City Council legislate for the Health & Safety Executive. It just so happens that they work together on Health & Safety matters. These two organisations are inextricably linked.

This is screaming out to anyone who is willing to listen.

There's a very serious conflict of interest going on here.

Questions need to be answered.

Did the Health & Safety Executive influence Police Scotland and the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service NOT to treat the bin lorry tragedy as a Health & Safety matter in order to absolve their friends in Glasgow City Council of blame (and to help Glasgow City Council get out of having to pay proper compensation to the families of the victims)?

Could Glasgow City Council really be so corrupt that they'd use their relationship with the Health & Safety Executive to manipulate the situation to their advantage?

There's certainly been no shortage of cases involving Glasgow City Council and corruption over the years. There's hardly a week goes by these days without some story of sleaze and corruption in Glasgow City Council hitting the news stands.

Is Glasgow City Council bold and arrogant enough to dismiss their involvement in the bin lorry tragedy as just a bit of 'old news' and callously go back to business-as-usual?

12-TONNE BIN LORRY PHOTOGRAPHED ON
THE STREETS OF GLASGOW CITY CENTRE,
30TH NOVEMBER 2015 JUST AFTER 8 AM
Well, today the Scottish Sun published pictures of a 12-tonne bin lorry on the streets of Glasgow. The pictures were taken yesterday between 8am and 9am - peak time for city centre people going to work.

Yet after the bin lorry tragedy last year Glasgow City Council assured us that they would no longer permit large bin lorries to operate in the city centre at peak times.

Take a look at the pictures.

The camera isn't lying.

Glasgow City Council are.

12-TONNE BIN LORRY PHOTOGRAPHED ON 
THE STREETS OF GLASGOW CITY CENTRE, 
30TH NOVEMBER 2015 JUST AFTER 8 AM
So I'll let you, dear reader, decide what part you think lying Glasgow City Council played in the bin lorry tragedy, whether you think they've learned lessons from it, whether you think they have been held properly accountable...and whether you think they could let it happen again.

As for me, pictures of a 12-tonne bin lorry on the streets of Glasgow, 3 weeks before this Christmas, at a peak time of day, when we were promised this would never happen again, is EXACTLY why I write this blog.

This is the very reason it is so important that we, the public, speak out and demand that our public bodies be held to account.

Like you and all the other members of the public, I was not allowed in to the private meeting between Police Scotland, the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service, and the Health & Safety Executive the day after the bin lorry tragedy.

I will probably never know if Police Scotland, the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service, and the Health & Safety Executive corruptly got together that day and conspired to let Glasgow City Council off the hook for the part they played in this tragedy.

But what I do know is that Police Scotland, the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service, the Health & Safety Executive, and Glasgow City Council are all connected.

And I also know that less than a year after the tragedy occurred Glasgow City Council have arrogantly gone back to their old ways without so much as an ounce of regret or thought for the six innocent people who were mown down in the street by one of their bin lorries.

Today as we look at the sickening pictures of a Glasgow City Council bin lorry back on the pedestrian precincts of our city centre again, we realise that a similar tragedy could happen again - and Glasgow City Council really don't care.

http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/6775813/Wagon-ignores-street-ban-as-anniversary-of-crash-looms.html