Thursday 19 May 2016

Fatal Accident Inquiry For M9 Tragedy

Such is the public outcry, there MUST be a fatal accident enquiry in to the M9 tragedy. It's so obvious that Police Scotland messed up big time here, that even the Lord Advocate has admitted that a FAI is all but inevitable.

You may remember, that's the tragedy in which Lamara Bell and John Yuill lay dead for three days in their crashed car on the M9 despite a member of the public reporting the accident to Police Scotland.

There are many unanswered questions.

For example, former chief constable Sir Stephen 'I've got an ego as big as a' House says an officer wrote down details of the initial call on a scribble pad but we know that official guidance says that a pen and paper should have be used for these calls. So what went wrong there?

We know that call centre staff have admitted that the delayed response to the M9 tragedy was not an isolated incident. So how often do these things happen?

We also know that senior officers at Police Scotland admitted at a high-level meeting more than six weeks before the M9 incident that the performance of control rooms was "in a critical condition". So what did they do about it?

And that's just for starters.

Yes, indeed, there are lots of questions and Lord Advocate Frank 'I'm anything but frank' Mulholland has pretty much assured us that there will be a fatal accident enquiry when his Crown office get the report through and are in a position to order it.

But there's something much more important here that most people are missing.

Sir Stephen House is no longer the chief constable of Scotland.

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland is getting the boot shortly so he'll be out the door too by the time any FAI is completed.

Both of these men will be long gone by the time any enquiry comes to any conclusion about anything.

And that's the real problem and the bigger scandal.

The 'pattern' I talk about so much on this blog will repeat itself, I guarantee.

So my prediction, here and now, is that:

1. There will be a long passage of time between the date of the deaths of Lamara Bell and John Yuill and the conclusion of the FAI enquiry. Drawing things out is important when untrustworthy Police Scotland and the corrupt Crown office want to cover up things and distance themselves from them.

2. It will then be concluded that this incident happened on the watch of Stephen House and Frank Mulholland - who now no longer work for Police Scotland and the Crown office.

3. We'll be told that the officers who messed up and were primarily to blame no longer work for Police Scotland.

4. We'll also be assured that 'lessons have been learned' and 'new procedures have been put in place' etc to prevent this kind of thing ever happening again.

Oh, and no one will be prosecuted.

Have I missed anything?