The UK's company registry finally prosecuted someone for setting up a fraudulent company, but it's a whistleblower who told them he did it


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/16/kevin-brewer.html


#2

Usually I’d say the UK has it’s shit together, but not on this one.


#3

It’s only the Brits’ staid nature that has kept their shit from falling out all over the past few decades. In reality, their shit has been in a peeked state for some time. As evidence, I offer you Tories, the House of Lords, Tony Blair, Brexit, Boris what’s-his-name, and much, much more.


#4

Yes, things are just a wee bit less than fortunate at the moment, but once Brexit is in effect everything will be golden, practically within a fortnight, weather permitting, and Britain shall return to her previous greatness of the halcyon days of the Empire; her wise and capable government leading the World in general and her Commonwealth in particular once more into ages and ages of progress, prosperity and peace.


#5

Yeah. Good luck with that.


#6

We’ve got our shit together; it is all in the City of London and Westminster.


#7

Companies House is woefully underfunded and understaffed. We set up a company a couple of years ago and it took ages. Yes, we got things wrong, but it was clear we were not the only ones. Letters went astray, were mis-filed, and anything that could go wrong did. This organisation needs resources, badly. Kudos to them for managing even one prosecution. Under the circumstances, well done.


#8

The truly horrifying part is that in many cases the House of Lords is the voice of reason and sanity! Read the proceedings in Hansard some time, and you can see that quite often the Lords have their shit far more together than the Commons.
They may be a bunch of unelected upper-class twits, but some proportion of them seem to at least be trying to stay in touch with reality. In contrast, the members of the Commons seem to run screaming in the opposite direction.


#9

Ya think?

Given that one bloke was taking the piss out of their total failure to do their job?


#10

The weather will be better then too.

Once we stop those nasty foreign weather systems bringing all that cold air over from Siberia (that’s in RUSSIA you know), everything will be wonderful.

Ice cream and ginger beer all round.


#11

[ Looks round ]

I’m going to have to disagree with you on that one, hoss.


#12

I like the contrast between the Companies House statement and the government one:

A Companies House spokesperson said:

“Deliberately filing false information on the register is a serious offence and people who have been found to have knowingly done this can face prosecution.”

and

Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said:

“This prosecution – the first of its kind in the UK – shows the Government will come down hard on people who knowingly break the law and file false information on the company register.”

“Companies House works hard to protect and continually upgrade the company register, identifying potentially criminal activities and working closely with law enforcement bodies to help bring those perpetrators to justice.”

The Companies House statement is entirely accurate. It is a serious offence and you could be prosecuted for it. You probably won’t but you could.

The Government of course has to make it sound as though there are crack squads of civil servants sat in Companies House ferreting through documents and policemen screeching round the UK in unmarked vans to snatch up fraudsters 24-7.

It’s ironic that you have to provide all sorts of evidence to be able to rent a property, go to the doctor, set up a bank account, use the library or if you are unfortunate enough not to be white, live in the country at all but you can register a company with no ID whatsoever.


#13

The House of Lords report on the legal status of referendums and the potential for misuse from c.2014 was a really enlightening read (okay: skim) for me. TL:DR - there’s a real concern that the uncertain status of referendums in the UK would lead to the executive using them as a tool to sideline the parliament and also the judiciary.
Guess what happened?


#14

I think it’s the whole idea of a House of Lords that gets my goat. But you’re right; House of Commons members literally shrieking at each other is quite the sight to behold.


#15

He wasn’t found, he had to jump up and down and tell them that he’d done it! (I know, found in the legal-governmental sense, and not in the hide-and-seek one.)


#16

Let me guess, you’re American?
We do love the way you guys always think we’re totally in control.
No bloody idea where you get that from, but we do love it.


#17

I’ve always felt that the UK government quite liked having Mugabe around because he often claimed that our nefarious and incredibly competent secret service was behind whatever latest disaster needed a scapegoat.

The latest Russian claim that our security services poisoned the Skripals and that we faked the Douma gas attack is the same sort of thing.

It’s nice that the subsidies we provide to keep Bond films on screen are paying off, I suppose.


#18

Oh yeah, I mean, there are serious problems with the whole concept of an unelected body populated partly by a literal hereditary aristocracy and partly by people who are entitled essentially at the whim of the executive.
But, given that, the body itself is a surprisingly positive influence on British political decisions. Not to say they don’t contribute their share of dumbass regressive shit to the pile, just that comparing them with the Commons doesn’t shake out the way you might expect.


#19

Great story. I guess, fraud, tax evasion and money laundering are the uk’s main exports. Dont fuck with them or you will be prosecuted.


#20

We are a service economy :slight_smile: