The Reluctant Armchair Auditor

Sorting spending fact from fiction

About me and the blog

with 2 comments

I spent almost my entire career auditing things or adding them up. In the face of a lot of verbiage about ‘armchair auditors’ I’ve roused myself reluctantly from semi-retirement to campaign for real audit.

That means worrying more about the big numbers and less about the things that newspapers and politicians like to drone on about.

I’m going to prowl around the frontier town of Open Data and sort the nuggets from the garbage that’s out there right now. So we can all ask some sensible questions about how our taxes get spent.

I’ve called myself the Reluctant Armchair Auditor because I never thought proper scrutiny of public spending would get crowdsourced to those of us with either time on our hands or an unhealthy fixation on public spending.

I’m anonymous because I think I can be more effective that way and I still need to stretch my meagre stipend with some work in the field.

I should mention my grateful thanks to the technically minded souls who help make this site work.


The Reluctant Armchair Auditor


Written by reluctantarmchairauditor

November 21, 2010 at 10:00 am

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  1. Great blog. Very interested in talking with you about your ‘user need’ – as they say – of data sites.

    Nick Jones

    December 20, 2010 at 9:11 am

    • Dear Nick,

      I would love to swap notes. I’ll email separately.

      Sorry for the delay in responding – Christmas hols!

      Yours, The Reluctant Armchair Auditor


      January 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm

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