Kelvin Thompson recently resigned for providing reference for missing crime boss Tony Mokbel. The story was a 24 hour ‘scandal’ and made me realise that public figures like Mr Thompson probably signs references without checking them.

Yesterday, I received an employment application from a candidate listing Kelvin Thompson as a referee. While the candidate was knocked out of contention because our requirements did not match their skill set, seeing Mr Thompson’s name as a referee made me realise how tainted his mistake of a few years ago makes him.

Maybe I am wrong, but I’d pay little attention to a reference from Mr Thompson. How would you know if he really knows the candidate and personally wrote the reference? Indeed, the Thompson / Mokbel reference ‘scandal’ makes me wary of any reference from a politician.

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