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While reviewing the proposed expansion of the International Financial Reporting Standards for accounting, Tim Bush, a member of the “Urgent Issues Task Force” that scrutinises the work of the Accounting Standards Board (ASB), claims to have uncovered “fatal” and “dangerous” flaws in the system.  Mr. Bush alleges the regulations, and specifically the way they have been implemented in the U.K. and Ireland, have led to “mistakes [that are so severe] that it is difficult to overstate”.


1.  What severe mistakes does Mr. Bush allege?

2. What does he propose would fix these problems?

3. Who does Mr. Bush claim are the first victims of IFRS standards and who will be the secondary victims?  Based on your understanding of the issues, do you agree or disagree?  Why?  


Armistead, Louise. (2010). UK Bank Accounting “Fatally Flawed” Warns Influential Watchdog,, August 26 (Retrievable online at