Why is Shaun Wright’s conduct not a disciplinary matter?

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From: John Andrews, Carterknowle Avenue, Sheffield.

i DON’T want Shaun Wright to ‘fall on his sword’ and those who keep demanding it should stop.

My whole working life was spent in private industry and despite much of that being during troubled times ‘twixt management and unions it was always the case that a disciplinary process was agreed and, in the main, effectively executed.

Allegations of misconduct were investigated quickly, usually in days rather than weeks, by nominated personnel including the personnel manager, the manager of the person against whom the allegation was made and usually the latter’s representative.

A hearing would follow and if proven the allegations would result in some degree of punishment – that’s what it is.

Gross misconduct which, if proven, is what we’re dealing with here, meant instant dismissal with withdrawal of the employer’s pension contributions.

Usually, the offence was of a lesser nature, resulting in a few days off with no pay or a written warning. I haven’t seen any call for such action here and the next thing we know Shaun Wright will be on “gardening leave” at full salary whilst some judge takes six months to produce yet another report.

Is there no prescribed disciplinary procedure within his job description? Are we to believe nobody is in a position to take him through a disciplinary procedure which includes looking at all the facts? Quickly?

From: Phil Hanson, Beechmount Close, Baildon, Shipley.

The numbers of child grooming victims revealed to have been disregarded by politicians, 
the police and council 
managers is now growing, yet there are two key issues outstanding.

When are the senior people who have responsibility going to be put before the courts, rather than paid off as has become usual in recent times?

When are the police going to take up these cases and prosecute the perpetrators?

Clearly this is a national issue, swept under the carpet by the Labour government in the first place, so when will a national hunt take place to sort the networks out?

Frankly, I have less faith 
in our overpaid senior police officers and council managers than ever, as we have seen 
these people who appear bullet-proof walk away once they have secured a million pound handout and pension most can only 
dream of.