Piers Morgan: 'What happened to the victims of the Post Office scandal is nothing less than a national outrage'

Monday 8 January 2024

By TalkTV's Piers Morgan

The Golden Globes is one of the biggest nights in the Hollywood calendar.

Stars jet in from across the world and descend on this city in stretched limousines and sparkling gowns for a glorious celebration of Tinsel Town's top talent, coupled with enthusiastic mutual back-slapping on stage.

At least that's the plan.

Well last night, after it was taken off air for a year for bad behaviour in a diversity row, the Golden Globes returned, just down the road from where I’m sitting.

And an extraordinary thing happened: the ceremony was so devoid of the usual political pontificating and virtue-signalling sermons that it looks as if Hollywood might finally have got the Ricky Gervais memo.

Even more amazingly, Ricky Gervais, who is currently running the cancel culture gauntlet once again for the supposedly unacceptable and distasteful jokes in his new Netflix special, actually won an award for it!

Amid the conflict, disruption and a massive year for elections around the world, maybe 2024 will also be the year the woke worm finally turns.

But back in Britain, it’s the ordinary people who represent the very best of our communities who are making the news.

And what’s happened to the victims of the Post Office scandal is nothing less than a national outrage.

More than 700 Post Office branch managers were convicted of false accounting, fraud and theft over a period of six years.

But we now know that was because of faulty software they were forced to install and use. They did nothing wrong.

Men and women who were often the backbone of their towns and villages, running small businesses that provided an essential service for some of their most vulnerable, were hauled over the coals as fraudsters.

Some were wrongfully sent to prison. Many of them were financially ruined.

Marriages broke down; many collapsed into addiction and sickness as they lost everything.

Some of them have since died, including four who took their own lives unable to cope with the appalling smear of a false conviction hanging over them until the very end.

Yet where is the accountability for this shameful fiasco?

There has been fresh public backlash to the scandal after ITV aired a drama starring Toby Jones (C) about the scandal.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has faced scrutiny over his role as postal affairs minister during the coalition government.

Paula Vennells, who was Chief Executive at the time, wasn’t punished for presiding over such a disgrace. Instead, incredibly, she was awarded a CBE. That honour, for dishonour, should - as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said today, be revoked.

Sir Ed Davey, who was postal minister at the time and now leads the Liberal Democrats, fobbed off the victims with dismissive letters saying there’d be no point meeting to discuss it.

This is a man who’s made no fewer than 31 demands for various public figures to resign in the last few years.

It’s time for him to take his own medicine.

There should also be full and immediate compensation payments to all those who were wrongly accused. Fujitsu, the Japanese firm that made the faulty IT system should be made to pay too, not just the British taxpayer.

This was a sickening betrayal of decent hard-working people, and nothing will ever fix it.

But it’s long overdue time we made a serious and swift attempt to try.