The Bahamas Leaks show that Amber Rudd, the UK’s home secretary, has been shown to have had links with two Bahamas registered companies to which she had not made apparent previous reference. The details of what she and they did can be found elsewhere; I am concerned here with the consequence of this revelation.
It should be remembered that the Home Secretary’s job, above all else, is to uphold the rule of law in the UK. I am aware that the Justice Ministry has a specific task in the regard now, but the Hone Secretary has the overall charge. It is one of the great offices of state.
Ii is also appropriate to note that I define secrecy jurisdictions as places that intentionally create regulation for the primary benefit and use of those not resident in their geographical domain with that regulation being designed to undermine the legislation or regulation of another jurisdiction and with the secrecy jurisdictions also creating a deliberate, legally backed veil of secrecy that ensures that those from outside the jurisdiction making use of its regulation cannot be identified to be doing so. This understanding has become commonplace since I first suggested it.
Wasn’t Sans Serif in the Bahamas?
I will be explicit: you cannot, in my opinion, believe that secrecy jurisdictions like the Bahamas have a valid role when that role is to undermine the rule of law in other countries and also be UK Home Secretary. Your job as Home Secretary will be compromised if that is what you believe. It is a hard enough task for anyone to do. When your beliefs undermine your ability to undertake the task you have no chance of doing it properly.
It may be time for Amber Rudd to go.
To translate this fully for those of you who do not understand Ritchie:
I’ve made some shit up so that a politician who has done something entirely moral and legal should resign. And I should not resign for having done the same thing.