Taking Stock – We audit together, so stick together.

There was a brief moment of lightness (no, not clarity) at the National Audit Office last week during the doomed Dome press conference.

Inevitably, the cry of ‘where were the auditors?’ went up, and the chair of the conference, Jeremy Coleman, was asked to dump some blame on the likes of Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen et al. Coleman was not minded to do so (given that the NAO was reluctant to blame anyone at all that was hardly surprising).

‘Is this not another case of all the auditors sticking together?’ quipped one friendly hack, much to the amusement of the gathered throng.

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