Tag Archives: government

A dash of pedantry

A small matter, this week, but one of great interest to me: to hyphenate or not to hyphenate?  I have always written “money laundering” but there are those – among them, the Economist newspaper, whose style guide I trust in … Continue reading

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Too much of a bad thing

Please may I distract you from the festering plague sore that is Brexit by drawing your attention instead to something we Brits do rather well, which is AML supervision.  In fact we’re so good at this that we have dozens … Continue reading

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Cash and coffee

Last week I wrote about the growing (or at least, continuing) popularity of cash in Switzerland, so this week I am looking at the other end of the spectrum.  I recently spent a long weekend in Copenhagen and while I … Continue reading

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Purple, portable and prized

Cash is an odd thing: like the Cheshire Cat in Wonderland, it periodically disappears and then once again reappears.  In my next blog post I will talk about disappearing cash but this week I want to tell you about Switzerland, … Continue reading

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The plain un-SAR-nished truth

Remember when Hugh Grant was PM in “Love Actually” and he found out that his tea-lady’s ex-boyfriend had been nasty to her and offered to have the scoundrel assassinated by the “absolutely charming” SAS?  “Ruthless trained killers are just a … Continue reading

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Cleaning house

Last week I attended an event at the elegant Whitehall premises of RUSI at which they launched “No Rest for the Wicked”, their report into what the UK’s next steps should be, now that we have (to quote the modest … Continue reading

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The Brexit bonanza for baddies

You have probably guessed from recent tear-stained posts that I am not a fan of Brexit.  Having lived an international life surrounded – very happily – by people from all over the world, I rear up at the thought of … 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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Officer politics

One of my main arenas of AML activity is Guernsey, and life there is pretty exciting at the moment with the imminent arrival of new AML legislation and guidance – both already published and coming into force on 31 March … Continue reading

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On the campaign trail

Recently I was asked to provide some text to be considered for inclusion in an AML awareness campaign – I’m not sure yet whether my contribution has been accepted but I will let you know.  I was therefore already thinking … Continue reading

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