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Council ditches Populous’s Bristol Arena scheme

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Another day and a lot more sleaze has floated to the surface on the depths to which the KPMG management will sink to enrich themselves, and keep their clients sweet. The same day that more proof surfaced of the poisonous nature of the Russian gangster-state a six page report in Private Eye has recorded the history of how KPMG - among others - has over a few decades enabled kleptocracy to thrive and grow powerful by choosing to turn a hugely profitable blind eye to industrial-scale corporate crookery and international money-laundering, and paint a picture of probity where none existed. Worse than that, in their role as auditors and tax advisers they've been happy to oil the wheels of the very culture that saw Sergei Magnitsky murdered slowly in prison in Russia and Daphne Caruana Galizia blown to pieces in Malta. Presumably Marvin Rees, Craig Cheney and the Bristol City Council Cabinet would plead ignorance of all this in their enthusiasm to dump the very popular arena project in favour of some property development on KPMG's advice. They were not to know that they were putting their desire for a 'modern, thriving and well-connected city' in the hands of an outfit doing their bit to ensure a 'modern, thriving and well-connected' Russian mafia. But if the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership are minded to nod this one through, they should think very hard about what they're at - about just what sort of enterprise they should be encouraging..

Posted date

6 September, 2018

Posted time

8:50 am

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