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.
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?