Trading Standards provides ‘paid for’ consultancy to the companies it investigates…
I hear that the West Yorkshire Trading Standards office is taking payment from a company that has outstanding complaints against it (SGE Loans). It’s not a backhander, apparently – it’s a consultancy fee (although I doubt that SGE Loans considers it that simplistically).
But where will it end? Will we have politicians accepting gifts from the businesses they regulate? Will we have councils approving contentious planning applications in exchange for ‘free car parks’ or ‘free swimming pools’ or ‘free sports centres’? Will we have Members of Parliament defying the public in exchange for career preferment?
Will we have LEAs taking consultancy from criminal hackers; or turn it round and will we find the British Army providing ‘consultancy’ to the foreigners who will be the terrorists in countries we need to invade in the future?
I am so glad that the innate British moral compass steers us away from such dubious and immoral conflicts of interest.