Have you ever asked yourself why it is that for some it takes years before they get justice? For example, two infamous investigations include the Hillsborough match Commander from 1989 in which 95 died; Grenfell fire from 2017 in which 72 died is encountering obstacles that are causing delays that mean a result is not due allegedly until 2020.
However, lesser known but as significant, are delays in healthcare investigations into deaths, injuries or potential harm to patients whilst in care in Northern Ireland. These are called Serious Adverse Incident (SAI) investigations which the Department of Health guidelines state should be completed within 12 weeks, some have now been ongoing for more than 4 years!
In my own experience when raising a complaint against a government employer do not expect a quick, efficient service. I have correspondence dated data that reveals just how long I had to sit on my hands waiting for replies from both my former government employer and other departments between 2010-2016. Jointly two departments created an artificial delay period of 4 years+ to reply to my correspondence – this on top of normal sending and receiving and my responses.
This amounts to the departments stretching out my complaints over a long period of time and by doing so making me miss legal timescales (of which they are fully aware, and I was not), of bringing more serious legal actions against them. This also demonstrates that they work in unison when dealing with complaints no matter how genuine. Honesty and truth are non-existent when it comes to subordinate employees who suffer abuse within government if the department heads think they can get away with it or if it is in their interests to do so to protect a friend or peer. Bold claims but ones that I am able to prove.
The next time you complete a government application form that will somewhere include whether or not you have a criminal record consider this, the head of the department you are applying to may not have a criminal record but that does not mean that they have not acted illegally while in post. Until accountability is introduced for all ranks of civil servants my recommendation is that you trust no one and, if you witness abuse by authority figures be extremely careful who you approach. I found out to my cost after I reported an intention to thieve by my line management that they were protected by a closed ranks philosophy. The individual above them sided with them against me, even though I had two junior witnesses that refused to be coerced into blackening my character to cover-up what was happening. This is corruption and it goes on and won’t be stopped without the full support of government. It is up to the public to do something about it because at this moment in time too many with vested interests are willing to ignore what occurs as long as it is kept out of the public domain. These individuals are paid out of the public purse and must be accountable to public investigations. The need for transparency has never been greater.
None of us should want or expect to live in a society that has corruption reaching to the highest level of power. Our democracy should be able to sift out unwanted cancers of corruption wherever they present themselves. The time to act is now. Voice your view here as a starting point.
Would the United Kingdom be better off as a republic?
- A republic is a form of government designed to
empower all of the public.
- Power is not inherited.
- Power is given through democracy, oligarchy or autocracy.
- The head of state is not a hereditary monarch.
The United Kingdom as a republic would need a fresh constitution that preferably follows a rule of law that should include a separation of powers with an elected head of state as is the case with the United States of America (USA). This form of government is referred to as a constitutional republic or representative democracy.
How would a republic benefit the United Kingdom better than the current system?
- Hereditary privilege would no longer exist
- The monarchy would be disbanded ending their high cost on the public purse
- A strong social move towards equality for all
- Politicians would reflect a greater proportion of the general public
If you have a view about this type of change of government please comment.