I’m proud that my work on country-by-country reporting over the last decade lead to section 1504. I’m grateful for the tireless efforts of those who made that happen. We were all motivated by a concern for those in the poorest countries of the world who have never seen the benefit of the oil, gas, minerals and timber that their countries export. Some clearly want to keep it that way.
The extractive industries thing predates any of Ritchie\’s involvement in anything. It was up and running while he was still advising artistes on how to claim for greasepaint in Wandsworth.
He\’s looking for a CBE at least out of this and the more he claims he\’s done it the more likely it is that he\’ll get one, or something higher.
Repeat after me: the extractive industry\’s reporting system is nothing at all to do with Richard J Murphy.
Country by country reporting is indeed his development of the extractive industry\’s thing. But what\’s been enacted is the extractive industry thing, the thing he has copied, not the thing that he invented.