Blog post containing calls for a police investigation from a Tory peer updated with this from a leading Subpostmasters’ barrister:

"The Post Office knew from not later than 2013 that its systems were unreliable and...
…. that the Horizon system had the propensity to cause shortfalls not apparent to a Post Office branch terminal operator and that accordingly its evidence to the court in many cases was incomplete and misleading...
… That being so, why did the Post Office adopt the policy of denial...? Who devised that policy of denial and who implemented it?

Once those questions are addressed...
… and truthfully answered by the Post Office, as eventually, one way or another they will be, it may be time to close this chapter, but not before. One gets the impression that the person for whom the Post Office feels regret and sorrow is itself, and that its stonewalling...
… has so dismally and expensively failed. That is no consolation to those who have died.”



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8 May
For almost the complete duration of her tenure as Post Office Chief Executive, Paula Vennells and the Post Office board kept information about possible (many now either likely or certain) miscarriages of justice from MPs, campaigners and the courts. In 2015 she told...
... Parliament that the Post Offict had done an investigation and such miscarriages of justice had been surfaced. Also in 2015 the Post Office told Panorama remote access to its Horizon computer system was impossible, a direct untruth. The Post Office, through their...
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7 May
Holy Moly - Post Office are contacting 540 criminalised Subpostmasters and others whose convictions might be unsafe. Given it prosecuted 736 and 45 have already had their convictions overturned we’re now into slam dunk biggest potential miscarriage of justice ever.
The Post Office legal team in 2013/4 need to be looking at themselves, including Chris Aujard, Rodric Williams (still at the PO) and Jarnail Singh. The CK Sift Review produced clear evidence of a couple of dozen potentially unsafe prosecutions in 2014.
That information was kept SECRET from MPs and the Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance. As I said a couple of days back - had that information been given to MPs and campaigners, then hundreds more prosecuted Subpostmasters would at least...
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Legal twitter.

The Post Office kept the Clarke Advice (which advised Gareth Jenkins should no longer be used to give evidence as to the efficacy of Horizon based on the fact he appeared not to have disclosed to the courts bugs he disclosed to Second Sight) secret from...
MPs, campaigners and the public.

The Clarke advice begat the Cartwright King Sift Review which uncovered the possibility that a couple of dozen prosecutions may be unsafe.

This too was kept from MPs, campaigners and the public.

… the reasons why this not disclosed, was because this was privileged information.

I am told there is no privilege in iniquity. Now I’m getting on shaky ground, but bear with...
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26 Apr
And still Paula Vennells fails to answer the question - how did she fail so badly? What did she know?

Here are a series of posts I have written about her role in the scandal to date.

The ballad of Paula Vennells - before the first High Court verdict:…
Vennells leaves the Post Office in the middle of the High Court action.

May 2019 - "And with that - she was gone":…
The Panorama episode where Ms Vennells refused to answer any questions on her role in the scandal:…
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23 Apr
We are at the Royal Courts of Justice to find out whether 42 Subpostmasters prosecuted by the Post Office will have their criminal convictions quashed. Thread follows...
After a Court Of Appeal hearing in March, three judges will hand down their ruling. 39 appellants are not being opposed by the Post Office.

There were lots of Subpostmasters (and cameras) outside court this morning. It is a glorious day, but...
... it's hard for the appellants to sum up their mood. Many told me they havent slept. Some have been crying yet because many are seeing each other for the first time in a while there are smiles.
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25 Mar
Good morning and welcome to Day of R v Hamilton and others at the Court of Appeal. Today we will hear argument for and against the three appellants referred by the CCRC to the court. The Post Office is opposing their appeals. Live-tweet thread to follow.
Yesterday’s court report and all three previous days transcripts can be found here:
All my work this week is crowdfunded. If you find any of the stuff of the website useful there is an option to contribute here:…
… rewards include a forthcoming book on the scandal and access to the “secret” email - sent on an irregular basis when there are interesting things happening as the story moves through the courts, inquiry and parliament.
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