How delightful

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.

30 thoughts on “How delightful”

  1. The BBC published a story saying Amber Rudd had been a director of a company registered in the Bahamas for a couple of years ending *eight years before she became an MP*. What was wrong with that except in Murphy’s imagination?
    The FT ran a story about Neelie Kroes failing to declare a directorship *while she was an EU Commissioner* in breach of EU rules – the BBC doesn’t mention that.

  2. No, not that one, not the Guardian April Fool. Rather, the offshore company which owned trivial pursuit which Ritchie funelled Irish earnings to….

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    J77,

    It’s on the Beeb now. What struck me when I read it is his the machine turned on her after she criticised the Apple ruling. We can assume that story wouldn’t have been raised if she’d kept her mouth shut.

  4. The problem is that the Left cry wolf so much that when there is a real scandal it won’t matter because there is no alternative party ready for government. Oh.

  5. The fact that Neelie Kroes was running stuff through the Bahamas is rather more serious – especially as she *cough* “omitted” to declare it. But doesn’t Ritchie in one of his many guises get funding from the EU? Strange that he hasn’t mentioned it either of his brain-vomits this morning. It simply COULDN’T be that he doesn’t want to upset his paymasters, could it?

  6. Well, now I’m confused. One minute Murphy is all for secrecy when people are giving him grants, the next minute secrecy is a terrible thing when Tory Ministers are involved.

  7. So Much For Subtlety

    Off topic, but in passing, some people in Ghana are running an on-line petition to remove a statue of Gandhi from Accra University. Because, obviously, he hated Black people so much.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-37430324

    I think there are times when we should stop talking and just listen, when we should support the struggle of our African brothers for justice. And sign the petition. This is a form of Social Justice I hope we could all support.

  8. Bloke in North Dorset

    “Well, now I’m confused. One minute Murphy is all for secrecy when people are giving him grants, the next minute secrecy is a terrible thing when Tory Ministers are involved.”

    When you voluntarily step in to public life you have to accept a number of restriction on your private life, in the interests of transparency. So Murphy has a point…. oh, wait….

  9. 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.

    I absolutely disagree – and unless he’s saying that we should accept and support ‘rule of law’ in countries such as China, the former Soviet Union, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, etc he does too.

    See, the ‘valid role’ these ‘secrecy jurisdictions’ play *is* undermining the rule of law. That’s what makes them so useful.

    If everyone taxed like France then France would have no reason to reign in their taxation – what would Depardieu have done if Russia had the same tax rate? That’s the nasty little thing tax harmonization does – it removes any limits on government short of the ammo box.

    Tax competition alone has probably done more to keep Europe peaceful these last few decades than the sum total of the work of the EU.

    Oh, and his ‘definition’ is very dependent upon his own interpretation of ‘no benefit to residents of the secrecy jurisdiction’. Which is actually not surprising considering he thinks he should be God Emperor of Mankind.

    I’m pretty sure the people of Switzerland enjoyed – like the people of the Bahamas do now – the benefits of all that foreign money being poured into their banks and then promptly lent out again.

  10. “Ii [sic] is also appropriate to note that I define”

    What an absolutely preposterous little fuckstain he is. No-one gives a monkey’s toss what you “define”, you cunt.

  11. BiCR
    I read that as ‘I defined it and now everyone accepts/uses my definition’ comment, typical self aggrandising behaviour trying to make himself out as a leader in the field, also likely hoping someone will see it and appoint him to a paying committee or grant group as an expert so he can make some money

  12. I believe that the Bahamas government have a valid role in administering the territory of the Bahamas. But then I am not a fat, middle-aged accountant professing, but not possessing, expertise in tax.

  13. I thought Theresa May was a safe pair of hands. How come she has appointed somebody so blatantly dodgy to be Home Secretary? We’ve already got Boris as Foreign Secretary, who, far from home ,does not appear to be able to dress himself, doubling up on the anti Russian rhetoric because he has n’t done his homework.

  14. “DBC Reed
    I thought Theresa May was a safe pair of hands. How come she has appointed somebody so blatantly dodgy to be Home Secretary? ”

    Could you expand on what Amber Rudd has done that is so ‘blatantly dodgy’?

    Her directorships were over a decade ago, before she became an MP.

    Or are you just joining in Murphy’s barrel scraping and muck spreading?

    Wasn’t Murphy writing articles in the Guardian on how to avoid tax about the same time?

  15. DBC Reed

    From someone who describes Carol Wilcox as ‘good natured’ your description of Rudd is inadvertently hilarious….. Nothing about an LVT either….

  16. @BiG
    Boris , probably delighted that he has done his flies up ,has just announced in New York when the Brit government will trigger Article 50. Theresa May does not appear to be behind this announcement at all.Has she set him up? She should be able to present this as a sacking offence. Another day in the British ruling-class kindergarten.

  17. Well at least “Boris Flies Undone” is an action novel involving a heterosexual hero figure. Unlike the Jim’ll Fixit Washing Machine Service Manual (Eastern European edition)

  18. I think Ritchie is trying to convince people that he is the natural leader of the next great socialist revolution that will sweep across Europe. Ritchies problem is that he lacks the charisma and leadership abilities to pull it off. Plus the fact that the left of Europe are too placid to actually implement such a revolution. The left ate only capable of creating a revolution by tweet.

  19. Boris has just accused Russia of a war crime in Syria .Doubt very much he has checked this wizard wheeze out with Theresa May .Two strikes down. Next one: the boot for the hilarious public school humourist.

  20. @ DBC Reed
    Bombing a UN aid convoy either is already defined as a war crime or will be as soon as the UN get around to it.
    Presumably you think that it is OK for a KGB agent to order the bombing of neutral civilians carrying food and medical supplies. I don’t think it’s OK whoever does it.

  21. @J77
    Things have to be made very simple for Boris and the surly Tory Masses .They have to be told that Russia is always wrong to keep their conditioning topped up: the idea that Russia sees no sense in deposing the de jure Syrian government repels the Nasty party who see the success Dave “Peacemaker” Cameron had in Libya and wish it to be repeated.Again,Again and Again.
    Meanwhile hardworking Brit youngsters are paying 70% of their wages on rent, So everything’s absolutely tickety boo.Who dare say the Brit ruling class is a lot of arseholes?.

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