The company and anybody at the top who failed to report the ‘bugs and errors’ to the Post Office or colluded in covering them up must, if the errors led to prosecutions, face investigation
Fujitsu’s boss accepting it has a “moral duty” to pay compensation to wrongly convicted and hounded postmasters isn’t the end of the matter for the global firm.
Paul Patterson also admitted it was aware of “bugs and errors” early on in the disastrous Horizon IT programme. The company and anybody at the top who failed to report them to the Post Office or colluded in covering them up must, if the errors led to prosecutions, face investigation. And should evidence find they committed a criminal offence, they must be put on trial.
Campaigner Alan Bates warning MPs that people are dying while they wait for pay-outs means recompense should be immediate. But the scandal also demands the guilty are put in the dock instead of the powerful buying their way to future lucrative public contracts.
Stop dental rot
Fixing dentistry needs to be high on Labour’s health list if Keir Starmer wins this year’s general election when the rotten Tories have created a painful crisis. Waiting up to 10 years just to get on an NHS dentist’s books is simply unacceptable as are people forced to fly abroad, buying £3.99 DIY kits and self-adminstering superglue.
Our disturbing special report from Bridlington in East Yorkshire will, alas, ring bells with folk all over the country when the Conservatives let dental care decay along with much else in the NHS. Our teeth matter and creating a system in which only those able to pay high bills receive decent treatment in many parts of this land is another reason why we urgently need to change who governs the UK.
Dunking biscuits for less than one second in a cup of tea or coffee to stop them falling apart is the blink of an eye. To avoid us being left holding half a biscuit, perhaps makers could print ideal dunking times on packets: one wink for a quick dip, two for a leisurely bath.