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Monday 13 September 2010

Sympathy for Bob Crow

Jon Gaunt on Sky News this morning said he had some sympathy for Bob Crow, militant boss of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union, when he says that something needs to be done to protect the lower paid, more vulnerable in society from the profligicies of those highly paid in the Banking industry.

Like Gaunt, I would normally find it hard to agree with anything Crow says but this time I must say he's right. The rate of polarisation of wealth is increasing; the gap between the haves and have nots is getting larger. The disease is endemic whichever party is in power. Never has it been more true that 'it isn't what you know but who you know'. Look at the news that officials at an anti-poverty quango are ' living it up' in luxury hotels at taxpayers' expense. Executives at the Commonwealth Development Corporation also dined in London's finest restaurants at tax payers expense.
Another report says that huge bonuses are being paid to industry's top executives, despite staff and workers being laid off. This can only be done with the collusion of the remuneration directors who are meant to be looking after share holder's interests.
I shan't say any more about Bankers here because I've blogged previously on my distaste for the way they operate.
They say that they need such high rewards to attract the best talent and I say, bollocks! There's plenty of good people out there; people who would do the work without greasing the incestuous, 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours' culture to be found at the top.

I remember once, when I owned a hotel, a vicar stayed who was attending a McMillan cancer charity function being held elsewhere. He ran up quite a sizeable phone bill and insisted that he wouldn't pay for that or his morning paper and that we put it on the McMillan account. The charitable donors would pay.

If I was a conspiracy theorist, which I am, I would say that we are now entering that phase in the planet's life when the 'New World Order' becomes manifest. When those with the most money and hence power, take over. Plutocracy will be the new order with those in power regulating how the world is run, overruling even world religions.

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