Has anyone else been listening to this series on R4? "After the introduction of a new computer system in the early 2000s, the Post Office began using its data to accuse Sub Postmasters of falsifying accounts and stealing money. Many were fired and financially ruined; others were prosecuted and even put behind bars. In this ten-part series, journalist Nick Wallis, gets right to the heart of the story, as he talks to those whose lives were shattered and follows the twists and turns of a David and Goliath battle as the Sub Postmasters tried to fight back." It's a ten-part series of which the first five episodes were aired this week. An omnibus episode of the week's broadcasts is available here https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jhpl and a further omnibus episode will be released next Saturday, following the broadcast of the final five episodes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horizon_(IT_system) "In 2019, class action civil litigation, Bates & Ors v Post Office Ltd, brought by 550 sub-postmasters was settled by the Post Office. Significant fees for counsel, repayment of legal financing, and payment of the legal financing "success fee" will be deducted from the £58 million settlement. Mr Justice Fraser, the judge overseeing the civil action noted that the approach of the Post Office to the case: amounted, in reality, to bare assertions and denials that ignore what has actually occurred, at least so far as the witnesses called before me in the Horizon Issues trial are concerned. It amounts to the 21st century equivalent of maintaining that the earth is flat." I found it absolutely fascinating that the Post Office took the attitude that so many sub-postmasters would be crooks, despite their being no cause for concern about their honesty until the Horizon computer system was introduced. It was fascinating to hear how, when each sub-postmaster was questioned about why their tallies of the money they'd taken didn't match the computer's account the Post Office claimed that each the individual sub-postmasters must be guilty, claiming it hadn't happened in any other post office. It's a tale of utter incompetence at senior management level, coupled with the in-house corporate power to investigate and prosecute, in a way that other corpororations would need to involve the police. It's also a tale of how each sub-postmaster who'd invested in a post office franchise was on their own against a massively powerful corporation, had no support from colleagues etc. at the time they were being investigated and prosecuted and but for the efforts of a few of the victims organising themselves into a campaign group, the matter may well have never come to light. More from Wikipedia. Initial Post Office Ltd investigation An initial investigation failed, at first, to find the cause of the problems. As a result, an independent investigative firm Second Sight were brought in to conduct a separate, independent inquiry, in 2012. At around this time, Paula Vennells became CEO of the Post Office. Second Sight report In July 2013, Post Office Ltd admitted (after an interim review by Second Sight), that software defects with Horizon had indeed occurred, but that the system was effective. The review discovered problems in 2011 and 2012, when Post Office Ltd discovered defects which had caused a shortfall of up to £9,000 at 76 Post Office branches. However, more than 150 sub-postmasters continued to raise issues with the system, which they claimed had, by error, put them in debt by tens of thousands of pounds, and that in some cases they lost their contracts or went to prison. I wonder if this sort of scandal happens elsewhere?