I know what it's like to fight the Establishment in court. I'm furious at what the sub-postmasters are going through, says Darren Grimes

Darren Grimes slams the appalling Post Office scandal.

Darren Grimes slams the appalling Post Office scandal.

GB News
Darren Grimes

By Darren Grimes

Published: 08/01/2024

- 16:07

Darren Grimes tears into the horrific Post Office scandal

As we usher in a new era of GB News, let's not mince words about the Post Office scandal, a saga so twisted it would make a corkscrew look straight.

Alan Bates, the steely underdog hero in this Shakespearean tragedy, turned down a CBE, essentially saying, 'Not today, thanks,' as long as Paula Vennells, former CEO of the Post Office, keeps her shiny medal.

Vennells, hailed for her 'services to the Post Office and to charity'. What a farce!

If demolishing a British institution is the new gold standard for achievement, then Vennells is in a league of her own. And her 'services to charity'? That's richer than a Christmas pudding soaked in brandy.

Charity is about lending a hand, not turning one’s back. Yet, as an Anglican priest, Vennells seemed to have missed that memo while those poor souls got tangled in the catastrophic web woven by those shoddy accounting machines. It's the biggest stitch-up since the Bayeux Tapestry, and if this is the benchmark for national honours, we're all playing the fool.

My early twenties were consumed by a David-and-Goliath fight with the Electoral Commission over Brexit campaigning. I was the villain in their story, but justice prevailed. Unlike the Post Office postmasters caught in the Horizon scandal's web, I had a platform to shout from. Their isolation was met with deaf ears, until an ITV drama threw them a lifeline.

Imagine being gaslit with, 'No one else is having this problem,' as you stare into an abyss of despair. This isn’t just a scandal; it's a horror show with real-life consequences: suicides, bankruptcies, a pregnant mother in jail. It's a storyline so grim, even Dickens would shudder.

This debacle isn’t just about a corporate giant gone rogue; it's a tale of bureaucratic bungling at its worst. Middle management bureaucrats, more slippery than an eel in a bucket of suds, were keen to protect themselves and their overlords at any cost. A young lad challenging the Remain elites? Target acquired. A postmaster swallowed up by a faulty system? Collateral damage.

Let’s not forget the political puppeteers in this fiasco. Sir Ed Davey, knighted and once the Post Office Minister, now claims he can fix a 'broken system.' The irony is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Jo Hamilton and Seema Misra, victims of this tragedy, have rightly called him out.

More than 700 wrongful convictions, and what did Sir Ed do? Sat on his hands, it seems. He took the Post Office at their word and didn’t raise so much as an eyebrow. It’s a dereliction of duty in the extreme.

And then there's Sir Keir Starmer, under whose watch as Director of Public Prosecutions, the Crown Prosecution Service helped send a pregnant woman to jail. Questions linger like a bad odour. Why no intervention when hundreds were being prosecuted? Where was the oversight? These knights of the realm owe more than just answers; they owe apologies.

But let's end on a brighter note. Alan Bates, our hero in this gloomy tale, fancied a holiday courtesy of Richard Branson. And guess what? Branson’s waved his magic wand, offering Bates and his partner a dream getaway.

Just picture them, basking in the Caribbean sun on Necker Island. If that doesn’t warm your heart on a chilly day, nothing will.

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