The Swindon swizz

Today’s the day (Monday 13 October) when the Land Registration Act 2002 comes into force. Hoorah, we hear you cry. Surely there can only be unanimous enthusiasm for the introduction of legislation that aims to “simplify, improve and modernise land registration law”.

Not according to one soul, overheard on 3 October by a Tulkinghorn spy at the Land Registry’s roadshow at the Corus Hotel in Swindon. “It might be time to start up the Swindon cartel again, you know,” whispered the cove. “I know it’s illegal, but it did use to work rather well.”