“Invest NI” threatening journalists?
With all their flaws, HMRC, UKTI and the Technology Strategy Board are generally a pleasure to deal with (apart from a few odd and relatively minor exceptions), and they behave impeccably, as far as I can tell, when it comes to being forthright with businesses, entrepreneurs, and so on.
So it’s a bit sad to see this happening so very close to home. Lyra McKee writes:
But let’s consider the seriousness of this. A fund manager who manages public money is threatening a local start-up because the founder is friends with a journalist who is writing stories about his boss.
This is just one case I know of: I’m friends with a lot of Northern Irish entrepreneurs. Who knows how many of them have been contacted by this sinister outfit?
Here’s Lyra’s full report on Invest NI. The worst part is, the allegations are not even all that surprising! Threatening the free press is probably a more serious accusation that fudging job creation numbers (which I expect many other supposedly job-creating agencies do)…