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Written by: 48OE Admin
02/07/2014 10:14  RssIcon

I have the deepest sympathy for anyone who has lost a loved one. In each of us all lies a sense of wanting justice to be done. It is always extremely difficult to accept that a whole series of unrelated  separate events can combine into a perfect storm and take a life. In the real world this does happen but we still look for someone to blame. Rarely does an individual knowingly take an action that endangers another’s life.  Sure it does happen but only in extreme circumstances.

I am parking the "compensation argument" as this is just too involved and even more emotional. I  want to highlight however that we always want someone to blame. It is only once in a blue moon that as individuals we accept part of the responsibility; yet often we should. Probably the pain of realisation that we too contributed to the perfect storm is too much to admit, so our self preservation gene fires up and we want to find another who is the responsible party.

Human nature is a strong motivator and without any true thought of consequence. The battle cry of “We want a public enquiry” is too often the first recourse. This is so flawed but it is still our Holy Grail. Who, twenty to thirty years after any event, can recall with total clarity and impartiality what happened? I struggle to think of specific events five years ago.

Then comes the big question - "what is the result of the enquiry?" What happened – happened; loved ones are not  brought back. This is cold-hearted but two recent public enquiries and their predecessors have cost the public purse over £200,000,000.00 each. How many nurses or hospital wards could have been built with this money leaving a lasting legacy for all those lost?

Society sees no connection to cost and who pays. You and I, the very people who asked for the enquiry, pay through our taxes. In a world of finite resources it simply means the money is taken from some other good cause or budget, treatment is rationed on the NHS or class sizes increase. All we do to coin common parlance is "feather the bed of some already overpaid Fat Cat Lawyer or Judge". Enquiries take years and a few people grow very rich. Is justice done? Not in my book.

Wrongdoing can never be condoned but a recent high profile case of phone hacking seems to be an excellent example of completely misplaced resource. Several years and over £50,000,000.00 of costs has achieved little. With the exception of the Milly Dowler case, who’s parents were put through unbelievable agony, what were we trying to prove? That a number of high profile politicians and celebrities had their phones hacked? Who cares? I have used a mobile phone since invention and the messages I leave are simple “Call me when you get this message”. If people are silly enough to leave intimate or revealing messages and not change pass codes then they have no sympathy from me.

An old adage I learnt many years ago was never to put in writing, letter or email or leave messages that I would not be prepared to put in the public domain. If all followed this path the courts would be a better place. It's about accepting responsibility for your actions not blaming others.

That £50,000,000.00 could have established a fantastic Charitable Trust. If politicians and celebrities want to have affairs they should blame themselves when they are revealed. Fame and celebrity cult enjoy fantastic advantages, money and lifestyle that the rest of us can only dream of. When the Press are your life blood understand the consequences and know when to man up and accept you were the master of your own destiny.

The greed of Press Barons and their trusted aides no doubt play a part in all of the above but by their position they avoid the responsibility.

I do not know how the vast funds that were in my opinion wasted in pursuit of blame could have been redeployed for the long term good of society but I think it is a question we should all ask.