Criminals Up Top: the 24/7 Westminster Game Show

Can you hook a crook and win today’s star prize?

“HSBC paid a fine, but no one individual went to trial, no individual was banned from banking, and there was no hearing to consider shutting down HSBC’s activities here in the United States. So, what I’d like is, you’re the experts on money laundering. I’d like an opinion: What does it take — how many billions do you have to launder for drug lords and how many economic sanctions do you have to violate — before someone will consider shutting down a financial institution like this?”

That was my hero, Senator Elizabeth Warren (Democrat-Massachusetts) speaking last March at a US hearing to debate the decision to, um, let HSBC off with a set-aside.

Baron Green, the HSBC Chairman at the time is now Cameron’s Trade Minister. He pleads a tertiary case of Chinese Walls – and says nobody told him anything about the drug-running. Despite the fact the Colombia Office was at one point his personal responsibility. Cheer up Greeny, if Rupert’s anything to go by, all loss of sensory or other perceptive capacity is entirely reversible.

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KPMG hasalso admitted to criminal tax fraud in the United States, and this week one of its partners admitted to accepting at least $50,000 in bribes. Further, John Griffith-Jones, UK chairman of KPMG before and after HBOS collapsed, attended the FSA meeting that set the terms of reference for the FSA’s own inquiry into the collapse of HBOS. The minutes of that meeting show the FSA did not examine the conduct of KPMG  or the role of accounting standards. Why on earth not, we ask ourselves.

John Griffith-Jones was appointed chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority by George Osborne. The Draper might just as well put Jeffrey Epstein in charge of the Bryn Estyn Children’s Home.

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Last April, three Scottish appeal court judges overturned an earlier court judgment in asset-management group Highland Capital Management‘s long-running dispute with the Royal Bank of Scotland. The judges said the earlier verdict had been obtained through the “fraud of RBS”, given that one of the Edinburgh-based bank’s bankers, a former leveraged loan trader, Sam Griffiths, had lied in court (full judgement available via Cooke, Young & Keiden).

The CEO of RBS at the time was Stephen Hester, well known to the parishioners of Slogville as the man brought in by Alistair Darling to cheat SMEs run RBS and get our money back hahahahaha and throw in a few helpful computer glitches. Osborne then took against the Treasury’s favourite banker, probably because he wasn’t quite nasty enough for the Tory Right. : – ( ))

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Big hat-tip to the indefatigable Ian Fraser for quite a lot of this. A simple point: the British “élite” LOVL of whatever colour employs crooks, bent organisations, and sheisters with a long-track-record of lying – for example, G4S. For another example, Nick Clegg The Man Who Does Nothing, got a former Thatcher aide (widely accused of paedofile tendencies) a job in Cameron’s first year in office. And he didn’t know about the cloud? Er, didn’t f**king care would be nearer the mark.

In 2013, G K Chhesterton wrote, “We are rules by clocks, fools and liars”. Exchange ‘crooks’ for ‘clocks’ and you have 2013 Britannia in a nutshell.

This is why we need the Unaligned Front for Decency. Whose articles I fell asleep reading last night. But which will be extant very soon.

Yesterday at The Slog: Stealing from the old & poor to save their necks: our glorious legislators.

23 thoughts on “Criminals Up Top: the 24/7 Westminster Game Show

  1. That’s just about the measure of it, and thank you for reminding us daily. BTW whatever happened to the question that ‘billions’ in funny money passed through RBS – the case highlighted by an old buffer in the House of Lords. Silence appears to surround it.

  2. And William and Katherine didn’t know about the cloud when calling their baby Louis? Didn’t f***ing care would be nearer the mark.

  3. Sorry, OT!

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  4. Thatcher it was that finally jolted me to wake up and smell the coffee. I watched in wonder as the woman, in partnership with Reagan incorporated every bloody thing not nailed down. I manage a cynical smile every time Lord Tebbit quotes how good the figures that were sqandered by successive Governments. The Thatchers real record requires no explanation here.

    The sell off of Council housing was done to increase public debt which is a prequisite prior to collapse.

    The thing is John. Can anybody say otherwise than that Government Inc. has achieved congruence with any mafia/criminal cartel extant. Gov Corp with its made men, soldiers, enforcers, IS in fact a criminal organisation. Given the hard time being had by whistleblowers omerta is being instituted to complete the picture.

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  7. the ghost,

    Why -1 above?

    I always thought the famous quote was attributed to Goebbels rather than Hitler, but it seems that I was wrong.

    ““If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    However, the evidence indicates that neither of them said or wrote it. What Hitler actually wrote is somewhat different..

    “All this was inspired by the principle–which is quite true within itself–that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.”
    —Adolf Hitler , Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X[1]

  8. my dear John did you see the utterly ludicrous image of jeremy hunt in hospital gown performing his ‘other job’ working undercover as an orderly reporting and collating evidence on NHS cruelty from patients this appeared in the daily Fail..if ever ther was a clumsy staged managed production this was it..i saw this ntem on chris spivey blog recently ..do they really take us for idiots now??

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