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The blame game


Joe Colgan's letter on the Hatfield crash advocates simple solutions to complex problems (NCE last week). Somebody has died, somebody must be to blame.

However his final paragraph indicates the problem. The first fact he lists is that the system failed. Yes it did, and that was the prime cause of the accident.

It failed because it was fatally flawed from conception.

So who do you allocate blame to, as he advocates you should- The engineers and managers who tried to do the best they could, and failed, with the flawed system they were given, or the government, politicians and civil servants who gave them that flawed system?

I would be much happier with any proposed changes to the manslaughter laws if they were drafted so that the government, individual politicians and civil servants were in the firing line for their wrong decisions as well as the rest of us.

That may make them think more carefully about the decisions they make, and heed the advice of real experts rather than idealists. What are the odds on that happening?

Peter Cousins, Corner Mead, Monteith Close, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 0AD

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