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A subtle change has been made to the comments links, so they no longer pop up. Does this in any way help with the problem about comments not appearing on permalinked posts, readers?

Update: seemingly not

Update: Oh yeah!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Things which are dead

Punk. Jazz. Scots Gaelic. Variety. The Independent.

More to come, as various attacks of spleen affect me through the day.

Update: Not really related to the theme, but a commercial idea that struck me over the weekend - would anyone (poss. David Bowie? He seems to have time on his hands) be interested in a project to re-record the entire works of Neil Young with a less whiny and irritating singing voice? Then we could move on to Billy Bragg (poss. Hugh Cornwall?)
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

A few facts which might be of interest to Craig Murray and to Clarke Willmott LLP

Regular readers might note that I have taken down a couple of posts recently which contained material that might be thought relevant to this affair. Rest assured, they have only been temporarily hidden; they, and the automatic timestamps which puts on them, remain in my drafts folder. For the time being, though, I think the public domain can get along with the following factual information.

1. I am a financial professional and blogger, who has occasionally in the past taken an interest in the think-tank industry in the UK, which I tend to regard as a baleful influence on our political culture.

2. As part of my interest in thinktanks, I occasionally post on this blog on the subject of which thinktanks have failed to make Companies House filings on time. I occasionally make postings on the subject on this blog, which are automatically dated by the Blogger software I use. I can therefore supply contemporaneous and timestamped electronic notes supporting all the assertions made below.

3. On 20 October 2009, the Companies House Webcheck service reported that no accounts had been filed by the Quilliam Foundation Ltd, and that the first set of accounts had been due on 20 September, and were thus overdue (the word "OVERDUE" was recorded on the Webcheck site next to the due date). The date of 20 September would have been a logical date for the deadline for filing, as it represented 21 months after the date of incorporation - the maximum delay for filing a first set of accounts.

4. On 4 November 2009, the Companies House Webcheck service still reported that the Quilliam Foundation Ltd's accounts were overdue and that the due date was 20 September.

5. On some day between 4 November and 10 November (which I did not record because I made the note as an update to my 4 November post), the due date changed to 30 November 2009. I noted at the time that "presumably this is indicative of somebody getting their act together"; it would be logical to assume that it reflected an extension having been granted by CH.

6. On 10 November (a date of which I can be sure because although I also recorded it as an edit to my 4 November post, I remembered to date it), the Quilliam Foundation accounts were first listed as having been filed for the period to 31 March 2009.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

On Meausrement, Management etc

Phillip Hallam Baker, from CT comments on an article on academic job application processes:

The point I am making here is that the academic selection process does not get you the best candidates. In fact the best candidates will have nothing to do with the process because they have other career options that do not require them to crawl over broken glass to get there – besides paying considerably better.
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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Accountancy news

Henry Jackson Society and Policy Exchange both made their respective filings with plenty of time to spare, well done to both organisations (particularly H'S'JS which continues to report a surplus on doubled turnover). The Quilliam Foundation remains overdue on its 2007/8 accounts, which were due on 20 Sept. The civil penalty has now gone up from £150 to £375. The directors are also, in principle, criminally liable. Filing accounts on time is an important duty, and it is not a particularly onerous requirement for a minimally competent organisation; this is particularly important as the Quilliam Foundation has never filed a set of accounts (it was set up in November 2007 and so got 6 months grace to file its first annual accounts, for the period to March 09). Every single other thinktank I have surveyed manages to meet its Companies House or Charities Commission obligations, apart from EISCA and Quilliam. QF's Companies House return is due on the 18th of December and frankly my hopes are not high for that either.

Update: How tebbly strange. The accounts have not, AFAICS, been filed, but the "next accounts due" date has been moved from Sept 20 to 30 November on the Companies House website. Presumably this is indicative of somebody getting their act together?

Update: 10 November - Thar she blows! Late as per the old due date but early as per the revised one (this matters of course, not just because of the late filing penalty but because it affects the record of late filings, which is often checked by creditors etc). I don't know whether or not there was an administrative cock-up at the CH end which caused them to be shown with a wrong due date or something (though I'm surprised they let it lie for a month if so), but anyway the a/cs are now filed and will be viewable soon. I would advise careful writers and bloggers not to make too big a deal of the filing, because it's not clear whether they were actually late or not.
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