Politician Willie Rennie has called for an overhaul of Fatal Accident Inquiries which he has labeled "bureaucratic and slow".
Just ask anyone who has lost a loved one in an accident which resulted in a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) and they'll all tell you similar horror stories of poor communication, screw ups and unnecessary delays in the investigations.
Whether it be the M9 crash, the Clutha helicopter crash or the Lockerbie bombing, the wheels of justice don't only move slowly - they hardly move at all.
And this is no co-incidence.
They do it on purpose.
For years this website has constantly accused the corrupt Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service and their buddies at untrustworthy Police Scotland of purposely slow-walking Fatal Accident Enquires. In some cases they even point blank refuse to even hold FAI's at all, even when it's obvious to everyone that an enquiry is urgently required.
The story is usually the same. If the accident in question involves any person who is in a position of authority or works for an organisation in a position of authority (i.e. police, crown office, council, government etc) then the FAI purposely drags it's heels for years, and years, and years, and years.
And the reason they do this is simple.
It's done to prevent any of their cronies who were involved in the accident being held to account.
The longer they can make the FAI last, the more chance there is that their guilty cronies will have either moved on to another job, moved to another country, retired, or even better, died by the time the enquiry is complete.
You see folks, they purposely drag the whole thing out so that they can claim in their final report that due to the passage of time memories have faded, evidence has been tainted, witnesses are no longer available etc so there is now no reasonable possibility of a successful prosecution against anyone.
They then close the case and everyone toddles off home quite happy. Well, not quite everyone...there's still the the poor relatives of the victims who were strung along for years on false promises, who were never given answers, who never got closure, and who never saw justice served.
Even on those rare occasions where the evidence is so compelling and overwhelming that the corrupt crown office and their lackies in untrustworthy Police Scotland have no choice but to prosecute their cronies (even though they still bend over backwards to find reasons not to), when it comes to the actual court case the perpetrators often catch a severe bout of 'Scicilian Flu'*.
*Note - For those of you who don't know what 'Sicilian Flu' is, it's a very grave illness mafia big-wigs get immediately before a big trial. The sudden illness appears out of the blue on the day they have to appear in court. The defence lawyer can usually be seen pushing the mafia Don in to court in a wheelchair with oxygen tanks strapped to it while waving a doctors report saying he's too ill to stand trial. You get the idea.
So while I'm very happy that Willie Rennie is standing up and calling out the powers-that-be on their slow and bureaucratic system of FAI's, I certainly won't be holding my breath waiting for things to change...unless Don Corleone wants to lend me one of his old oxygen tanks that is.