Who Guards The Guardians?

There are many, many reasons to decry statism, and the building up of vast bureacracies. Some go for cost grounds, some argue against them because of the crushing effect on our freedoms.

And then there’s the fact that, well, not to put too fine a point on it, they are hopelessly inefficient:

A conman with a handful of poor GCSE results who got one of the highest-ranking jobs at the Home Office has been jailed for a £500million fantasy fraud.

WTF..?

Andrew Waldron, 38, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday. It is the third time he has been convicted of deception offences in nine years.But the fraudster still managed to become head of an investigation unit at the UK Border Agency after lying about his qualifications and hiding his previous criminal convictions.

Hiding them from the highly-trained investigators we rely on to keep our borders safe…

Prosecutor Tim Green said Waldron should never have landed the top Home Office job in the first place because a criminal records check would have uncovered his crooked past.

Gosh, thanks for that statement of the bleedin’ obvious.

Waldron had pleaded guilty to deception offences at Gloucester Crown Court in 2002 after lying about his qualifications to obtain a manager’s job with Gloucestershire Police.He also lied about his qualifications when first applying for a contractors post with the Home Office in 2005. He was jailed for two and a half years for that in December, after being found guilty of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception.

But the lack of checks meant he spent four years at the heart of one of the Governments most security-conscious departments, during which time he earned more than £500,000.

You really, really couldn’t make it up…

Rossano Scamardella, defending, said Waldron had been an exemplary prisoner and was on the prison governors forum.

I’m only surprised he isn’t running the prison….yet!

What makes the state organs so susceptible to this sort of fraud?

12 comments for “Who Guards The Guardians?

  1. windsock
    May 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Not just the state… Bernard Madoff? Enron?

    • May 11, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      Bernie Madoff & Enron execs were hounded through the courts. Try sacking a public sector worker!

  2. QM
    May 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I used to do service work in various government ministries, the checks they made were pretty thorough, but once you were in and on the books it was ridiculously easy to just wander off and around. Seems as if little has changed, once you get past the initial check (by lying if necessary) no-one thinks to follow up on your references.

  3. DavidNcl
    May 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    “What makes the state organs so susceptible to this sort of fraud”

    They don’t function in the market so do not experience the selection pressures that other free market providers of services do. This is why the schools and hospitals suck and get worse and why cars get better and better.

    • May 11, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      Spot on!

  4. May 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I had the privelege of sacking an engineer off one of her majesties ship’s for pulling a fast one regarding compassionate leave. The reasons being that the grounds for his compassionate leave were totally false.

    I ran into him five years later, where he was working in the civil service. After a bit of digging I found that this gentleman knew exactly how to play the system. When the going got tough he just moved sideways into a different branch.

    • May 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      *grinds teeth*

  5. May 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Long time back, I was interviewing a candidate for an engineering position with my company.

    He made all the right noises, and ticked all the right boxes, which made me convinced that there was something not quite right, as no-one is that good.

    I contacted the University where he stated he had gained his degree, and they came back stating ‘no such person, no such degree’. The first reference call I made was to a mate in a rival company, who spluttered, “He hasn’t come to you already; he’s only been fired from here two days ago! He is a total and absolute liar!”

    The candidate rang back some two-three days later, and enquired how he had done; I just chickened out and replied, “Sorry, but we went elsewhere, thanks for your application!”

  6. May 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    “What makes the state organs so susceptible to this sort of fraud?”

    Because there is no way for the actual people to police the state … 🙄

  7. May 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    “…Waldron had been an exemplary prisoner and was on the prison governors forum.”

    Classic. You’d laugh if you weren’t crying.

    **Gross generalisation alert**

    Unfortunately ANYONE who has had ANY contact/contract/dealings with the public sector will tell you the same story: they live in a different world, they have NO CLUE about real business and they have a remarkably high opinion of their own abilities…how I’d love to set them all on the streets to get a job!

  8. May 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Anyone with access to government classified information above ‘Restricted’ would require one of the following security clearances.

    Security Check (SC): Security Check clearance allows routine and uncontrolled access to material marked ‘Secret’ and below with occasional, supervised, access to top secret material where required in the course of one’s duties. SC clearance will normally consist of: a check against the National Collection of Criminal Records and relevant departmental and police records …

    Security Check Enhanced (SCE): Security Clearance Enhanced [introduced 2007] allows routine and uncontrolled access to material marked ‘Secret’ and below with supervised access to top secret material where required in the course of one’s duties. SCE clearance will normally consist of: a check against the National Collection of Criminal Records and relevant departmental and police records …

    Developed Vetting (DV): Developed Vetting allows routine and unrestricted access to material marked ‘top secret’ and below. DV clearance will normally consist of: a check against the National Collection of Criminal Records and relevant departmental and police records …

    Best regards

  9. patrick Harris
    May 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    So is David Laws just a closet, blushing, coy shirtlifter who would do just about anything not to be outed,
    or,
    A thieving lying cheating greedy bastard?

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