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Jeremy Colman, Auditor General for Wales has resigned from his £170,000 a year post after porn material was allegedly found on his laptop. In fact, the post is in the gift of the Queen, so his resignation has been forwarded on to her. The National Assembly is now looking for an interim successor. His laptop was seized, The …

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Smut

Probably about time British society got to grips with the fact a good proportion of adults enjoy watching other adults getting naked. If everybody is an adult and consenting where's the problem?

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Happy

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170 grand a year and too stingy to fork out for his own computer to watch pr0n on? Serves him right...

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Stop

Well at least we know where....

$15.99 per month of that £20bn has gone.

Or was he on the $9.99 per month for 3 months deal?

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Happy

Job offer: must like watching good figures closely!

Lets see, £170k per year, endless supply of free porn, and get to play with £20B per year!

Yep, I'm free to start today!

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Anonymous Coward

...clarify his laptop?

Personal or business laptop? Browsed at home or in work? Surely these details matter!

AC for fear of loosing job should employer see his phone

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Oh really

I've no sympathy for people who use work-provided facilities for private purposes! I mean it's not as if he couldn't have afford to buy his own laptop on that salary is it??

Unless of course it was a set-up...

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@Oh really

It depends - do you carry two laptops, two cell phones etc on all your business trips?

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Are you now or have you ever been...

Unless it was a set-up...? What a suspicious mind you have - almost as suspicious as me and a 1000 others, I suspect.

The point being that these days, such a setup has become so ... SO....... easy.

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Black Helicopters

he found something he wasn't supposed to audit

and it prolly wasn't pr0n.

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Did it make him bad at his job?

Did looking at porn make him bad at his job, though?

Which would you prefer: a competent porn addict or an incompetent 'correct' worker?

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I bet

the queen is not amused.

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Jobs Halo

Obviously.....

...... Going for a job in the House Of Commons.

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Big Brother

WTF?

Why The Fuss?

Whatever do dodgy entertainment pics have to do with financial rectitude?

Or am I being a naive colonial, and everyone else understands that this is yet another Auditor General who's taken his job seriously and Those That Count have decided to shoot the messenger?

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I would be inclined to agree, but...

For liability reasons (i.e. so people walking past his desk don't "get offended" and sue) there will likely be a workplace ban on accessing anything other than "work related" websites. Yes, it's a shitty world to live in when you have to do that in a workplace, but that's today's Pc and litigious society.

The above being the case -- it would be hypocritical in the extreme for "the big boss" to ignore all the rules that the workers are subjected to. If breaking said rule is classed as gross misconduct (as I believe it is in many organisations) then the result would be a sacking.

Assuming he wasn't "set up" then he was just a stupid man who should know better then to use work equipment for purposes which constitute gross misconduct.

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Paris Hilton

Missing details

An important question is:Was he accessing porn at work or at his home?

If at home, I couldn't care less. He could have wanked himself to death, with my blessings.

Another question: How much p0rn was there? a few photos or the results of hundreds of hours of surfing for porn? If the later, all that huge archive of data should be immediately made public and given as compensation to the tax payers :D.

But given the speed at which this fella resigned, I'd guess he had a lot of illegal "Extreme porn", i.e. photographs of people drawing comics in which older actors with juvenile looks act as models for extreme porn using matchstick men. Or something :).

Paris, cause having the words "Paris" and "P0rn" in the same webpage will raise the position of ElReg in Google Search, increasing their profits and allowing a pay rise for The Moderatrix ;)

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Pint

BOFH strikes again.

Simon? did he upset you?

If only this was a Friday story, i'd be looking for the "he also tripped and fell into some unsheilded three phase cables whilst apparently trying to find the fuse box in the basement"

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A Bowtie

is really a cry for help.

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What type of porn?

Did his preferred flavour of porn have queens in it?

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What is the country coming to?

16 comments about a Welsh porn watching story and not a single mention of sheep. Tut tut.

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FAIL

Beware the...

...auditor.

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Since when is that a firing offense?

Seriously, you fire people if they are not doing their job.

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@ratfox, et al

It has been a firing offence for quite some time. HM Govt writes "acceptable use" into your contract via a signed agreement. That's what got him fired. That said, pr0n is filtered out quite effectively by govt systems, and even legitimate stuff (e.g. adverts) gets you in trouble. Even if he took it home and used his own connection it's still misuse of taxpayers poroperty. I wonder how he got around the filtering s/ware?

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