Mr. Archibald Buttle
Be afraid Mr. Buttle, very afraid.
The UK's top anti-fraud agency has admitted it sent tens of thousands of sensitive documents from an investigation into arms giant BAE Systems to the wrong person. The probe into multinational defence corporation BAE Systems ended after the aerospace firm paid a whopping $400m fine to the US relating to a violation of US rules …
I hate correcting people, I really do, but this is just such a fantastic scene, it ought to be preserved in all its glory! :)
"Arresting Officer: This is your receipt for your husband... and this is my receipt for your receipt."
From an awesome film containing other gems such as:
"Guard: Don't fight it son. Confess quickly! If you hold out too long you could jeopardize your credit rating."
"the page which was put up not too long ago with your GPG key on it "
Actually didn't the key quickly migrate to the article itself, so that accesses to the page with the key on it could not be separately logged?
Not that I'm a whistleblower, you understand.
Or am I?
Who knows? The NSA apparently do :(
"People will be wondering how many other skeletons there are in the SFO cupboard that the attorney general is aware of but is declining to make public. The government needs to get a grip, get to the bottom of this mess and come clean about exactly what went wrong and how."
They don't need to wonder, they just need to have been reading Private Eye's coverage of the Serious Farce Office over the last decade - it was just as bad under Labour, Ms. Thornberry. The only way these sorts of things will change is when all of the individuals concerned are publicly named and then fired, and made to pay any ICO fines out of their own pockets.
Emily Thornberry, Labour's shadow attorney general, said: "This is government incompetence of the first magnitude."
Gosh, that's a surprise.
Don't these politicians (of all parties) understand that it's this kind of stereotyped response that makes them some of the most reviled and distrusted people on the planet?
This is a clerical error of some kind, serious, perhaps, but not "government incompetence of the first magnitude", which needs to be something bigger, such as starting a war over WMDs that don't exist, or selling off the gold reserves when the market is at the bottom.
I often wonder if they want to say something different but have to toe the line (the Mighty Mowlem was often in trouble for speaking too frankly, that and having a soul). You are correct the canned statements are pathetic. The thing is you know, no matter what, nobody beyond a junior clerk will ever feel any heat over these screwups.
Bribery is a part of doing business in many parts of the world. Anti-bribery laws have absolutely no effect on that. It is supremely arrogant for people to even believe they do.
What those laws do effect is how the bribing gets done. Instead of a business paying a cash bribe to get a job, government officials push preferential financing or relaxed export controls and they get the kickbacks. All the laws do is remove the middle man so officials can big up their credit and rewards. It's the same game, but its OK because government is doing it.
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