Tag Archives: bribery

Pass the popcorn

My telly viewing habits are rather old-fashioned: I like nothing better than watching a repeat of a beloved programme (original “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Poldark”, I’m talking about you) and I steer clear of anything gory, violent, scary or – saints … Continue reading

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The smile on the crocodile

As regular readers will know, last month I spent two weeks in Botswana, on safari.  We saw all the usual amazing beasts (elephants using their trunks as snorkels!), but perhaps the most alarming were the crocodiles – enormous, prehistoric and … Continue reading

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Exceeding slow

You remember the summer of ’98.  The European Central Bank was founded in Brussels, Pete Sampras won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, “Sex and the City” premiered on the telly – and Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha died at the … Continue reading

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Adding some blacking to the UK pot

Any crime that generates money can lead to money laundering, but one of the biggies – and one of the most worrying for governments, with its reputational implications – is corruption.  We tend of think of high-level, regime-toppling corruption (naming … Continue reading

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Debt and dishonour

One* of the best things about writing this blog is that lots of lovely readers send me great stories.  David in London (I’m using only his first name out of deference to his security background, but with that security training … Continue reading

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Nasty things indeed

Today I received a fabulous email.  It came to my work email address – no surprise there, as this is plastered all over this blog and my website and so is easily harvested – and makes reference to a password … Continue reading

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It’s coming home – if we pay its fare

No doubt you are all – well, my English and Croatian readers at least – dusting off your scarves and vocal cords for tonight’s match.  (Personally, I am speaking at a literary event in a local village – we’re not … Continue reading

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Pour encourager les autres

In the world of prosecution, it’s sometimes damned if you do and damned if you don’t.  Since the Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011, the UK authorities have had access to the corporate offence of failing … Continue reading

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The Ethics Factor

I’ve never watched “Strictly”, or “Big Brother”, or “I’m a Celebrity”, so it’s safe to say that I am not a fan of reality shows.  But in the Economist this week I read about one reality show that I would … Continue reading

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Some are more equal than others

The connection between PEPs [politically exposed persons] and money laundering is recognised: with access to public influence and public money, these individuals in positions of high public service can fall prey to their baser desires and start feathering their private … Continue reading

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