“The fraudulent activity took place in our financial commercial exams operation, which is separated by a financial firewall from our work funded by our government grant. Therefore no UK taxpayers’ money was lost through this fraud,” he said.
The British Council is a receptacle for taxpayers' money. It is a bath into which we pour money while the organisation splashes it about, and most of it goes down the plughole. In order to justify themselves and to keep the taps flowing the British Council has invented the myth of a "financial firewall", so that somehow if the organisation pours money down the drain through employee fraud in places such as Bahrain, India or Nigeria it can - however weakly - make a claim that this is somehow their money and not taxpayers' money. But we know, don't we, that that is balls, as this was exposed - despite the best efforts of the British Council to cover it up - by Ian Pennington's research in Libya. And it's built in anyway: the normal standard arrangement for the payment and overhead of a chief executive, for example, is that the company pays. How else? Not so in the case of the "Chief Executive" of the British Council - where everything is paid for by the taxpayer. And the Directors in Nigeria and Libya and Bahrain and India and everywhere else - the parasites responsible for these losses - are also paid for by the taxpayer. There is no firewall. The British Council uses our money, and it loses our money.