Re: Time to rein in the use of dawn raids
"What on Earth is going on in the car park?"
Pointing, seemingly indiscriminately, at every car out there. The PA has piqued my attention, and I wrench myself out of the chair to stroll across and see for myself.
"That doesn't look right" And I find myself once again following my PA's lead "What on Earth is going..It's....Oh my God! It's HMRC doing a casual afternoon raid"
The instinct to clutch at my chest, in a hope the heart attack would go away, is quickly averted as I find my hands busily pulling hard drives out of enclosures and smashing them on the desk.
"Quick, quick! Take these...and..and...Take them down to the canteen and bung them in the microwave. Full power for twenty minutes"
The PA is looking slightly disturbed and contrary to my instructions is still firmly affixed to the spot, several very long nano-seconds after my clear and precise orders had been given. "Come on! Move! Go! Do it!"
"I don't believe microwaving will have the desired effect, but more than that, I can't be involved in any illegal activity"
"I'm sorry, but I'm not risking jail for a measly 25K and a free parking space"
"You ingrate, And I bet when they start asking questions you'll sing like a bird"
"I can't take the risk not to. I'm sorry"
"Oh well" as I strolled toward the window to see the last of the officers trundle into the building "I bet you can't fly like a bird" And you know what. He couldn't.
And that is why HMRC do dawn raids and not just saunter in mid-afternoon.