Monthly Archives: November 2012

Share and share alike

A recent announcement by the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Organised Crime suggested that assets confiscated from the mafia should be re-used for social purposes – and that provisions for such re-use should be included in the proposed EU directive on … Continue reading

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Maybe Marx was right

No, not that Marx – I’m talking about Groucho.  And specifically what he said about clubs: “I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member”.  The club I have in mind today is the … Continue reading

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My e-publishing adventure – part 14

With Christmas approaching, a couple of you have kindly shown interest in my progress up the bestseller charts, and so here is the latest news.  It is, to be frank, a story of two halves.  Edward Jones is not doing … Continue reading

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Island life

As you read this, I am winging my way overhead, on a sleazyJet flight from Southend to Jersey.  I normally go from Stansted, but timing was against me and so I am sampling the delights of one of London’s smaller … Continue reading

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Silence is golden – for now

A couple of readers have commented in the past days that they are surprised that my blog is not all about HSBC, and so I thought I should explain my approach to this story (and others like it).  In the … Continue reading

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Spreading its tentacles

In the Economist this week (issue dated 10 November, with the hugging Obamas on the cover), there are not one but two articles about the mafia in Italy.  One (“A plague on all their houses”) concerns the spread of mafia-driven … Continue reading

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DeLay’s delay

As we have heard so little recently about US politics, I thought it time to check on the progress of our favourite laundering American politician, Tom DeLay.  I am sure you remember that back in 2010 he was found guilty … Continue reading

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Love thy neighbour – but where will they park?

After my musings on tax earlier this week, my thoughts have turned naturally enough to PEPs.  Heavens, no – this is not the first time I have thought about these people.  (Actually, I was about to call them “these naughty … Continue reading

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A taxing check-in experience

At the risk of opening a very vermian can, I have been thinking a lot this week about tax avoidance. Yes: avoidance rather than (or, more realistically, as well as) evasion.  It all started last Monday when I was in … Continue reading

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The RAG trade

Cast your mind back to the turn of the millennium, and how we chose to mark this amazing milestone.  There were regeneration projects, fundraising drives, development initiatives – and the Dome (which defies categorisation).  The FATF signalled the passing of … Continue reading

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