Thursday 11 August 2016

M9 Tragedy Vs Bin Lorry Tragedy

It has now been over a year since the M9 tragedy in which two people lay dead in a car - despite Police Scotland being alerted to the accident three days earlier.

The family are obviously distressed and distraught over how long it's taking for the investigations in to the tragedy to be revealed and they want answers now.

But it looks like they're going to have a long wait. A very long wait.

Because the Police Investigations and Reviews Commissioner have only just passed a second report to the Lord Advocate, who then has to decide if a fatal accident inquiry should be held or whether the option of criminal proceedings should be considered.

Then we have the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland who have been making their own investigations and reviews of procedures.

We've also got the Scottish Police Federation positioning themselves to deflect the criticism they know their members are going to be in for by bleating loudly about staff cuts that have been made to save £1 billion which is affecting policing (the idea being that the cuts will be blamed for why the tragedy happened).

And finally, good old Police Scotland themselves are getting in to position, ready to claim that they've responded to the 30 or so recommendations made by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland and are doing ever so well now compared to how they operated before.

So there's a lot going on here and a lot of people jockeying for position before the families of the M9 tragedy are going to see any answers.

Yet curiously, that's not the way it was for the families of the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy.

You may remember, the Crown office knew all the circumstances (yeah, right!) and came to a decision on the bin lorry tragedy just 33 hours after the tragedy happened.

So what does this tell us?

Well, it tells us that the Crown office can move fast and make decisions when it suits them and they want to.

It also tells us that there must be a reason why they've dragged out the M9 case for over a year but wrapped up the bin lorry case in a matter of hours.

In my opinion, the reason for the year long delay in the M9 case is that the people who messed up in the M9 case are Police Scotland. And they just happen to be very good friends and colleagues of the Crown office.

That's why this is taking so long.

The Crown office are giving their best buddies, the police, time to set up damage limitations and time to position themselves to deflect/reduce/minimise the blame for their mess up.

If you look at the reasons the Crown office have given for the delays, it should be clear to anyone that the Crown office are merely playing for time, waiting for their police friends who were involved in this debacle to retire or leave the force, and for call centres to be closed down or overhauled before they announce their decision to...ta da ra, drum roll nothing.

Yip the corrupt Crown office will do nothing, mark my words.

The Crown office and Police Scotland want everyone involved in the M9 tragedy to be well out of the way before announcing their decision not to take action against anyone.

You can already see it all shaping up.

As soon as the coast is clear, they'll announce that it all happened under a previous regime, lessons have been learned, call centres and their operations have been changed and improved, and police procedures have been changed and improved.

Oh and I almost forgot - the usual finishing touches that the corrupt Crown office always end with:

"there is insufficient evidence in law to prosecute..."


"it's not in the public interest to prosecute..."

Trust me, not one single one of the Crown office's police buddies will ever get held accountable for those two deaths on the M9.

You just know that even the guy at the top of the Crown office, the new Lord Advocate James 'the big bad' Wolffe, is just itching to make a statement and tell us that this all of this happened under the previous regime of Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland and that it can never happen again under his new leadership etc.

Yip, no matter who's in charge, they all read from the same script.