01. Purpose

I have consolidated much of the Mull of Kintyre data into a book “Their Greatest Disgrace”.




The content of this website has been notified to MoD, the Defence Select Committee and Head of the Civil Service, in particular the 3 main reports it hosts.  Much of it has been provided by MoD.  The only restriction placed upon me was that, before discussing a report submitted to a post-Board of Inquiry investigation into the Sea King ASaC Mk7 collision of 2003, I should request it under Freedom of Information.   This request was submitted only for MoD to deny the existence of the report.  I am therefore permitted to discuss the report. 

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The purpose of this endeavour is to present evidence that;

  • MoD's systemic failure to implement mandated airworthiness regulations dates to the mid 1980s, not 1998 as claimed by Mr Haddon-Cave QC in his Nimrod Review (2009).  (A claim he knew to be wrong).
  • Senior MoD staffs and Ministers were regularly advised of these failings in the period 1987 - 2005 (i.e. before Nimrod XV230 crashed) yet denied the problems existed, misled Parliament and refused to take corrective action.  This placed aircrew and passengers' lives at risk and led to further fatal accidents.
  • Ministers and the RAF’s Directorate of Air Staff continued to deny the problems existed, even after the XV230 crash.
  • MoD knowingly blamed innocent individuals while protecting the guilty. 

MoD's financial "black hole" and systemic airworthiness failings are directly linked and came as no surprise to anyone in MoD, Ministers or PUS (the Chief Accounting Officer).  To demonstrate this, detailed historical evidence is required.  This is presented in the form of documents submitted to both the Nimrod and Mull of Kintyre Reviews.  Also, a comprehensive report into the loss of two RN Sea Kings, prepared on behalf of the family of a deceased airman who remain concerned at being lied to by MoD.
Any reader will quickly ask "So why did Haddon-Cave omit this evidence?"  He will not say, but the inescapable fact is that doing so;

  1. Allowed him to blame the wrong people without contradicting himself, and,
  2. Served to protect senior staffs who, demonstrably, knew of the failings since 1987 and took no corrective action.

Basic Principles

In presenting and commenting upon this evidence, certain basic principles are recognised which are enshrined in, for example, the Civil Service Code, which demands honesty, integrity, impartiality and objectivity.  The Services have equivalent rules, for example the Air Force Act and Queen's Regulations.  Similarly, Parliament has the Ministerial Code, although there is no mechanism whereby a member of the public may complain about MPs/Ministers misleading Parliament, or Civil Servants lying to Ministers.   

  • A practice is misleading by commission if it gives false information or deceives or is likely to deceive the average person, even though the information may be correct.
  • Actions or practices may be misleading by omission, for instance by leaving out important information, giving unclear or ambiguous information.
  • Regarding the requirement to exercise a Duty of Care, if a person asks a reasonable question and is lied to, the fault lies with the liar, not the Duty Holder.  However, if the Duty Holder could be reasonably expected to know he was being misled or had been lied to, and did not, then he is incompetent and negligent.
  • If the Duty Holder is provided with evidence that he was misled or lied to, and takes no action to reconcile conflicting advice, then he is negligent and liable. 
  • "Professional diligence" means the standard of special skill and care that one may reasonably be expected to exercise toward (in this case) aircrew, passengers and those whom the aircraft overflies. 

The evidence presented here clearly demonstrates a systemic breakdown in the application of Professional Diligence and Duty of Care.

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