Monthly Archives: September 2012

Tools of the cartel: Redefinition

How does the inspection cartel avoid admitting it enforces a cosy monopoly while also compelling markets to be “free”? By redefining its regulatory impositions as a “public authority activity” without economic consequence: “3.3 Is this Regulation creating a monopoly? Accreditation is not … Continue reading

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Telegraph: RBS traders boasted of Libor ‘cartel’

Sometimes it’s criminal.  The Telegraph reports on the bank cartel that manipulates Libor: RBS traders boasted of Libor ‘cartel’ Senior traders at Royal Bank of Scotland boasted about operating a “cartel” that made “amazing” amounts of money by rigging interest … Continue reading

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Buying the ruins

The story of the passing of the Health and Social Care Bill is here and  here. How much it cost hedge fund managers to buy into the ruination of the NHS is here. The Government can cut Care Quality Commission inspections like this to … Continue reading

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Standing on the shoulders of slugs: open or closed protocols?

The inspection cartel pressurises victims into buying goods and services from other accredited companies and checking their certificates regularly.  Ostensibly, this assures quality through traceability.  More importantly, the marketplace coercion ensures growth of ISO accreditation by excluding competitors that would compete … Continue reading

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Condemned to death by management techniques

Interested to know why? “A few powerful men have hijacked our economic, financial and political structure. They aren’t socialists or capitalists. They’re criminals. They created the culture of materialism, greed and debt, sustained by prodigious levels of media propaganda. Our … Continue reading

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Same as…

The bogus claims of some hairy Victorians are falling. The Telegraph‘s obituary of Dr Thomas Szasz, an opponent of the psychiatry movement, reminds us of his observation that, “When metaphor is mistaken for reality and is then used for social purposes, then … Continue reading

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Health and safety inspections to be scrapped for all but most high-risk businesses

Scrapping health and safety inspections may be riskier than repealing the requirement for ISO accreditation.  So why not axe legal compulsion to be bled by the quality inspection cartel too?  The EU says, non.  And Lord Lindsay has to go … Continue reading

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Interview – Lord Lindsay, UKAS chairman

It’s last year’s news, but this is how the system works: Express Interview: Lord Lindsay, UKAS chairman QWExpress talks to Lord Lindsay, chairman of the UK Accreditation Service, about what 2011 holds and how UKAS is working to promote the … Continue reading

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Over-seasoned organically-correct pancake tossers

Why does Marco Pierre-White criticise chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver, calling them a ‘pair of over-seasoned organically-correct pancake tossers’? In part, it’s the large Stanford meta-analysis. Scientists: click through to the article and substitute “UKAS accredited” where you read “organic.” … Continue reading

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How Britain lost the global quality war and the world got ISO 9000

The following article reminds readers of industrial relations and manufacturing quality in the 1970s. “Industry analysis at the time revealed that on virtually every measure of performance, Japanese car makers were at least twice as good as their UK equivalents, … Continue reading

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