Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic studies, New College, University of Edinburgh

Postmasters who were unjustly accused of theft, have been acquitted after decades of prosecution, imprisonment, fines and loss of reputation. To date, no one has been held accountable.

The Invisible Magic Friend says we should seek justice.

5 thoughts on “Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic studies, New College, University of Edinburgh

  1. As always, Mona has done her best to fulfil the TFTD brief. But the faith perspective in this case, that the IMF wants us to seek justice, is hardly unique. Even outside human society, many animal studies have demonstrated that this is innate to social animals.

    Computer Weekly has been following this story almost from the start. The story of how a demonstrably flawed piece of computer software, and a pig headed bureaucracy that refused to recognise those flaws, ruined so many lives, holds many lessons that have to be learned. None of those lessons come from anyone’s sacred scripture.


    1. The fact that Vennells was an ordained minister at the time of the scandal makes it even worse. Where was her humanity and conscience? Imagine she had been your vicar telling you how to live your life according to her IMF for the last few years. Shocking.
      Well done to Mona for using the story, but I’m sorry to say that believing in the supernatural clearly doesn’t make you more moral.


      1. Mere speculation on my part; but Vennells presumably finds it easy to put her faith in an infallible higher power, and thus found it all too easy to transfer that attitude to the supposedly infallible computer system.


      2. According to today’s papers, Vennell has now stood down from her role as an ‘associate minister’ in the Diocese of St Albans. Not before time.

        On your last point, this approach seems to be yet another instance of belief in the supernatural getting in the way of understanding real-world issues and how to manage them. Having ‘faith’ in the eventual justice of the IMF doesn’t do a thing to give justice to actual living human beings in the here and now (as Mona, to be fair, half-acknowledged).


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