Spiders’ webs

Posted by & filed under Banking ethics, Calabria, Conduct, criminal justice, Curiosity, Enforcement, Financial crime, Fraud, Intelligence and Security Committee, Italy, National Crime Agency, Reputation, Russian oligarchs, Unexplained Wealth Orders, Vetting.

Last week Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee wrote about how Russian oligarchs and their money had been welcomed by the UK from the mid-1990’s onwards, with Britain’s “light touch … regulation” (where have we heard that before?). The UK’s rule of law and judicial system were seen as a particular draw. But, as the report… Read more »

On juries and experts

Posted by & filed under Auditors, BaFin, Challenge, Conduct, criminal justice, Culture, Curiosity, Enron, Ethics, Experts, Financial crime, Fraud, Investigations, Juries, Polly Peck, Prolly Pexk, Theranos, Wirecard.

The right to a jury trial has been described, most recently this May, as “a fundamental right. It goes back centuries in our history, and it will never be removed at all.” (For the U.K. government’s latest proposals attacking this right and why they are not a good idea see here.) Despite this, juries have… Read more »

The Danger in Not Asking Questions

Posted by & filed under Curiosity, Diogenes, Investigations, Philosophy, Socrates.

One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?” “Wait a moment,” Socrates replied, “Before you tell me I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.“ “Triple filter?” asked the acquaintance. “That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you… Read more »