And for a really detailed account of the history I highly recommend reading
It just beggars belief, doesn’t it? The sheer arrogance and corporate evil (no, not negligence) that resulted in lives being ruined and people (including pregnant women ffs) being sent to prison. Every statement from the Post Office makes me even more angry.
How could this happen? And how many other times has this kind of thing happened unknown?
What I don’t understand with this is that did alarm bells not ring when in a space of 14 years, they thought there were over 700 branch managers involved in large scale fraud…like, did the penny not drop that that is a very unlikely scenario?
There are two possibilities- either the level of groupthink was such that no-one involved could see the obvious, or that by the time the problem was obvious those in a position to do something about it we’re so deeply invested in it that they decided to try and tough it out and hope to get away with it. It’s probably a bit of both.
Being slightly more charitable for a second - people have a weird relationship to technology. They know that they don’t understand it and so are willing to take lots of unlikely things on trust (like believing that the system was infallible in the face of all of the evidence). In some ways lots of people relate to modern technology in the way a medieval peasant would to witchcraft.