Our man in Mexico and the fake bomb detectors

Excellent work by the British government on helping end the scam in which a British businessman sold novelty golf ball detectors to the developing world as bomb spotters. Press release arrives from Justine Greening, international development secretary, flagging up the role played by the Department for International Development in hunting down this fraud and putting Gary Bolton behind bars:

 “The work of the City of London Police’s Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit, funded by the Department for International Development, is vital in helping to stamp out endemic fraud, corruption and scams and I congratulate them on this success. This sentence underlines their vital work in the fight against international corruption.”

Excellent work. All the more impressive when you realise that it was the, erm, British government – including various departments and the British ambassador to Mexico – which promoted the sale of the bogus devices overseas in the first place.

There’s probably a metaphor here for international aid… or something…


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