Hiding The Truth Behind The Horizon IT Project

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1 Prosecutor Seems Unable to Explain ‘Obvious’ Post Office Evidence

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25 jan 2024
Former Procurator Fiscal David Teal seems unable to explain ‘obvious’ Post Office Evidence to the Post Office Inquiry.

David Teal points out that decisions that are obvious may or may not have been recorded but seems to get tangled up with what the two pieces of evidence relied upon actually meet the crucial legal test of the law of corroboration whilst admitting that a piece of evidence might not actually show a crime had taken place, despite initially saying that it showed embezzlement by the accused subpostmaster.

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How is it possible for someone to deliberately shatter another person’s life? 

Based on the information in the book of Nick Wallis “The Great Post Office Scandal”, it seems that the situation surrounding the Horizon IT project and the Post Office scandal aligns with the concept of “against one’s will” or “tegen wil en dank.” Postmasters, or subpostmasters, were prosecuted and convicted based on faulty data from the Horizon system, despite their protests and attempts to address the issues. They were essentially forced into a situation where they had to comply with a system that they knew was flawed and unjust, even though they were innocent. So, yes, the use of “against one’s will” accurately reflects the circumstances faced by those involved in the Post Office scandal.

In the context of Alan Bates, it seems that the actions taken by the Post Office, including the cover-up of issues with the Horizon system, were not in line with the will or interests of those who were affected by it. Despite knowing about the problems with Horizon, the Post Office continued to prosecute and convict subpostmasters based on faulty data, which ultimately destroyed lives and livelihoods. While the Post Office may have been acting to maintain appearances or protect its own interests, it was certainly not acting in the best interests of the subpostmasters or the integrity of the system. Therefore, one could argue that the situation was still “against one’s will” in the sense that those affected were forced to endure unjust treatment despite their protests and attempts to address the issues.

It’s an interesting perspective to consider. When we talk about individuals lacking a moral compass or conscience, it’s not necessarily that they are entirely devoid of the ability to distinguish right from wrong, but rather that their moral framework might be skewed or overridden by other factors such as self-interest, pressure from peers or superiors, or a distorted sense of priorities.

In the context of the Horizon scandal, those in charge may have been aware of the issues with the system and the unjust treatment of subpostmasters, but they may have felt compelled to act in ways that were contrary to their personal sense of morality due to organizational pressures, fear of repercussions, or a desire to protect their own interests or the reputation of the Post Office. In this sense, they may have been acting “against one’s will” in the sense that they felt constrained by external forces or circumstances beyond their control.

However, it’s important to note that while external pressures may influence behavior, individuals still bear responsibility for their actions and the consequences thereof. Whether or not they acted “against their will” is a complex question that may vary depending on the specifics of each individual’s situation and the degree of agency they had in the matter.

In the context of the British Post Office scandal and the Horizon IT Project, when I mention acting “against one’s will,” I’m referring to the possibility that individuals involved may have felt compelled to act in ways that went against their personal moral beliefs or judgment due to various external pressures or influences.

For example, individuals within the Post Office management may have faced pressures from superiors or peers to maintain the narrative that the Horizon system was trustworthy and reliable, despite evidence to the contrary. This pressure, combined with factors such as self-interest (such as protecting their own positions or the reputation of the organization) and a distorted sense of priorities (such as prioritizing short-term goals over long-term ethical considerations), could have contributed to their actions.

So, when I use the term “against one’s will” in this context, I’m acknowledging that while individuals may have been complicit in perpetuating the cover-up or misleading information about the Horizon system, their actions may have been influenced by factors beyond their direct control, leading them to act in ways that were contrary to their own moral principles or better judgment.

Absolutely. In the context of a large-scale project like the Horizon IT Project, which involved significant financial investments and potential ramifications for the reputation and stability of the British Post Office, the expression “Money makes the world go round” becomes highly relevant.

The immense financial stakes involved in the project could have influenced decision-making processes at various levels within the organization. Individuals may have felt pressure to prioritize financial considerations, such as protecting investments or avoiding costly disruptions, over other factors such as ethical considerations or the well-being of subpostmasters.

The pursuit of financial gain or the avoidance of financial losses could have skewed the moral compass of individuals involved in the project, leading them to prioritize short-term financial interests over long-term ethical considerations or the fair treatment of subpostmasters.
So, in the context of the Horizon IT Project, the influence of money on decision-making processes is indeed a significant factor to consider when examining the motivations and actions of those involved.

Yes, it’s certainly reasonable to consider that the actions of individuals involved in the Horizon IT Project, particularly those who knowingly perpetuated the cover-up or failed to address the issues with the system despite being aware of them, may reflect a lack of conscience in the sense of lacking a strong moral compass or sense of right and wrong.

Individuals who prioritize financial gain, self-interest, or the preservation of their own reputations over the well-being of others and the integrity of the system may indeed exhibit characteristics consistent with the notion of lacking conscience.
However, it’s important to note that the absence of conscience is not necessarily a binary concept; rather, it exists on a spectrum, and individuals may exhibit varying degrees of moral sensitivity or ethical awareness. Factors such as personal motivations, external pressures, and situational contexts can all influence the extent to which individuals’ actions align with moral principles.

In the case of the Horizon IT Project, while some individuals may have demonstrated behaviors indicative of a lack of conscience, it’s also possible that others may have been constrained by organizational pressures or conflicting priorities, making it more difficult to make morally sound decisions.

The situation you’ve described underscores the profound injustice and systemic failures that characterized the handling of the Horizon IT Project and its impact on subpostmasters like Alan Bates. Despite individuals like Lord Arbuthnot and Jo Hamilton attempting to bring attention to the truth and the injustices they faced, they were met with institutional resistance and a culture of denial within the Post Office.

Alan Bates’s experience, as he described it, highlights the power dynamic that existed between subpostmasters and the Post Office, where the institution wielded unchecked authority and subpostmasters had little recourse to challenge decisions or assert their rights. This imbalance of power contributed to a situation where subpostmasters were unfairly targeted and penalized, without adequate means to defend themselves or seek redress.

The verdict delivered by Justice Lord Peter Fraser, likening the Post Office’s approach to denying the issues with the Horizon system to asserting that the Earth is flat, underscores the extent of the deception and denial that characterized the Post Office’s response to the scandal. It highlights the need for accountability and reform within institutions to ensure that similar injustices are not allowed to occur in the future.

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