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Archive for January 8th, 2008

Scam U… and other matters….

The BBC has an extraordinary story about a bogus university: “The bogus Irish International University (IIU), which offers sub-standard and worthless degrees, has been allowed to flourish in the UK – virtually unchecked by the government….” BBC Story

An extraordinary tale of bogus degrees, awards ceremonies being held at Oxford and Cambridge to bolster the illusion of respectability, College principals awarding themselves knighthoods, degrees and an independent  ‘quality assurance” agency which turns out to be bogus as well. The BBC reports: “The university’s Honorary Chancellor, His Excellency Baron Knowth – real name Professor Jeffrey Wooller – a successful chartered accountant from London….” and when confronted by BBC reporters, Wooller is reported as saying to the BBC actor posing as an academic IIU was not “recognised anywhere”.

He admitted to our actor that the website was an illusion: “When you look at the website, it’s a figment of someone’s imagination. Someone’s dreamt up what a university should look like, and that’s what’s on the website.”

Mr Wooller admitted the whole thing was ‘dodgy’.

And… on to Jeremy Clarkson  who ridiculed the idea that anyone would be a victim of identity fraud after data went missing from H M Revenue & Customs. Although Clarkson is not to everyone’s taste, he is an amusing writer and I enjoy his presentations.  Clarkson decided to back up his claim that the lost CDs story was a ‘lot of fuss about nothing’ and published his bank account details in The Sun. He even told people how to find out his address.

The BBC reports:

“All you’ll be able to do with them is put money into my account. Not take it out. Honestly, I’ve never known such a palaver about nothing,” he told readers. But he was proved wrong, as the 47-year-old wrote in his Sunday Times column. “I opened my bank statement this morning to find out that someone has set up a direct debit which automatically takes £500 from my account,” he said.

Most amusing… a bit of ‘epicaricacy’ does one good on a wet January morning.

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