Saturday, June 11, 2016

"legal name fraud"

Scores of posters have appeared around the UK warning of "legal name fraud". What does this mean and who is paying for the adverts?
This story has all the earmarks of one deserving the expostulation, "WTF???" Is it serious? Is it silly? Is it sane? Is it nuts? Does it have a meaning? Or lack one?

Don't expect an comprehensible explanation in the story.



  1. I'd say a tempest in a teapot, akin to the legal argument that government has no legal right to govern.

  2. Funny how someone with some spare change can stir up a bit of trouble. It nice to be able to have some fun with it.

    At first I thought the posters were referring to the selling and buying of things like fake name brand perfumes and watches which the British subjects were just too damn polite to insist were not the real things. "Oh my goodness, dear. There's no way that you were able to by that Rolexx for 60 pounds when it's really an 6,000 pound Rolex simply because there was a bloody typo! Just don't mention it; we don't want everyone to think we're fools."

    Next, it occurred to me that it's a warning about a provision hidden away in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement (something that really needs old school exposé coverage).

    Now it seems to say "You think your name is 'Johnathan Smythe'? Well, it's not. A law passed while King Arthur was seeking the Holy Grail clearly states "All names past, present and future, are own by the crown. You have use of your given name only by the beneficent grace of the Sovereign. God Save The Queen. Happy 90th Royal Mother, may you reign another 65 years!"