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Fred Goodwin ...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by modelmaker, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. modelmaker

    modelmaker Star commenter

    One might also ask whether there is any point in knighting people in the first place. They've already enjoyed the rewards of their success. Knighthoods, or any honour, in my view, should only be given to people for outstanding public service for which they received no financial gain.
  2. Well said!
  3. kareneliot

    kareneliot Occasional commenter

    That pretty well eliminates...... almost everybody.
  4. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    A **** film would be an embarrassment at most to the actor and an irrelevance to the nation. We are however, as a nation, still paying for Goodwin's reckless and cavalier behaviour. And it is widely acknowledged that he was to blame for the near collapse of RBS. I think it would have been hypocrisy, and probably in a sense immoral, for him to have kept his knighthood.
  5. modelmaker

    modelmaker Star commenter

    I'm not sure it does, karen. There are lots of people who do excellent voluntary work to help the deprived and desperate, and in many cases, if they didn't, the deprived and desperate would eventually cease to exist.
    I don't know how many of you watched The Worse Place to be a Dustman on Sunday which described the conditions of being a dustman InIdonesia. Unbelieveable squaller, no wellfare and death present in every walk of life.
    Our H&S laws prevent our homeless, desperate and infirm from living as they do in Indonesia, and it's the sole reason I remain a socialist. I have the personal skill to earn a decent living despite the hardships life has given me, but in a land of fabulous riches and abject poverty you either have it all or you have nothing other than living off collecing other people's ****,
    The most telling part of the tale wasn't the bit that the dustman has to collect the rubbish from the rich folk's houses in a handcart or is expected to clean the drains as well in his bare feet, it was the bit where, at the end of his working day, his family sorts through the rubbish for anything recyclable to provide them with the extra 10% of income that enables them to survive. And then when the waste they've rejected goes to the landfill site, the place is infested with poorer people scrabbling for any scraps that are salvageable at far lower income and far greater risk to health.
    Fred Goodwin and everyone else with a knighthood could do something about this appaling situatation if they wanted to. So could you. It's only personal greed that prevents it.

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