Trading humility for arrogance…

Liam Fox… Liam Fox…

Liam Fox called business leaders ‘Fat and lazy’, and stated that they ‘should do more work instead of playing golf on a Friday afternoon’. Some would think it fair enough that he’s made these remarks, he’s entitled to his own opinion, right? And usually I would agree with his right to make the comments even if I disagree with the sentiment. But do I agree in this instance? No, I flipping well don’t, because he’s the British Trade Secretary.

You know… the person whose job it is to WAVE THE FLAG FOR BRITISH BUSINESSES AT THE REST OF THE WORLD! And this coming from a man that if my research is correct, may never have worked in the private sector. He doesn’t know what it’s like to take a leap and start up a business, he had (and still does have) the safety of a wage paid by the tax payer. He’s never had to worry that the business that’s responsible for the livelihood of others might fail, so how dare he be so blasé.

If you drill down, private business brings in the majority, if not all – of the money that the government wastes spends and he would do well to remember that.

And If the firms he’s talking of are private firms, what the hell is it to do with him whether they ARE fat and lazy, or play golf on a Friday afternoon? I’ll tell you what it has to do with him, absolutely nothing. They can do what they want with their money/business as long as it’s legal. But to put LF’s mind at rest, I am almost certain that if any business leaders of private firms aren’t performing, they won’t be there for long, because unlike the public sector, the proper* private sector doesn’t usually reward failure.

Of course the line gets smudged when private business is too big to fail and gets bailed out by us, the taxpayer; an example being the Royal Bank of Scotland. And also the ‘private’ firms that aren’t really private like the postal and rail service. With these ‘businesses’ the line gets smudged between success and failure, meaning they rake it in during the good times, then come asking for public money when the bad times hit, or when they ‘need to improve infrastructure’. It’s a win-win really.

So I would be happy if LF insists that the bosses at RBS constantly have their noses to the grindstone 24/7, because I paid for them to survive. And whilst he’s at it he should turn his head away from the private sector and take a look at NHS bosses, and even consultants, all of whom are paid for, and very generously by the public due to the payment scale bought in by Blair of ‘pay the public sector bosses private sector wages to draw them in’. It used to be that you would take the pay cut to get the good pension when working in the public sector, but now they have both, and I know for a fact that some get the time to play golf on a Friday afternoon.

LF also needs to do an about turn and look closer to home, the MPs…

After all, a simple look in the mirror would reveal an MP that allegedly incorrectly claimed £22k in expenses!

Before I became self employed I was employed, and I couldn’t claim expenses for anything, my lunch wasn’t subsidised, or my dinner, or my wine and champagne had I wanted it. So LF, I would urge you to be a little more humble and a little less arrogant when referring to the people that PAY YOUR WAGES!!!

Now, I’m not coming at this as a big business leader, far from it. We have a small business you see, and it is north of the Watford gap. So we get no recognition from this London-centric, Big business-centric government. Yup. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that our teeny business and the other MILLIONS of small business owners that pay their tax and prop up the country, often earning less than their employees, and never having days off, are the forgotten. But even we forgotten millions see how wrong it was for LF to make these comments, because he’s supposed to be on their side.


*Not big banking – that’s an anomaly

Trading humility for arrogance…


I’ve been pondering ranting about this one for a while. It’s a very difficult and emotive, and polarising subject. A recent event though has spurred me to put words to virtual paper. I apologise in advance for the accessive use of the word ‘allegedly’. I don’t want my backside sued.

The recent event being Rachel Canning, an 18 year old from New Jersey, who for whatever reason (she allegedly either left of her own volition or was allegedly asked to leave by parents) no longer lives in the family home, but saw fit to sue her parents for tuition, and living expenses it seems.

The reason they are at this place differs depending which side you sit on. But the parents say they had a few basic house rules that allegedly weren’t followed, and the daughter allegedly says the parents were being unreasonable.

However they got to this place, the fact is they are there, and it is a terrible situation for all concerned. I hope at some point they get past this and reconcile. I’m willing to bet though that this event would never have happened if it weren’t for this sense of entitlement that is spreading like Japanese Knotweed.
The parents have won the first round of the lawsuit and for this, I am glad. For me the bottom line is, if you leave home, you are an adult. Adults are expected to be responsible for themselves. We aren’t entitled to much, but some think they are entitled to everything.

As a Brit, I value with a passion the fact that we have a free (at the point of use) health service, and a benefits system for those that need it. But because we have it, a lot of people think they are entitled to it.
Well you’re not. It is a privilege. So before you whine on twitter about not getting a (FREE) doctor’s appointment at the exact time you wanted it, remember that in other countries you would be charged. And while we’re on the subject of doctors’ appointments. If you make an appointment, keep it. The only excuse you have for not attending or cancelling is that you died. Last year the NHS say 12 million doctors’ appointments were missed, as well as just under 7 million hospital outpatients appointments*. Would this happen in a country where one has to pay. I would hazard a guess at, not. Because in the UK some people feel entitled to waste a doctor’s valuable time, and deprive a genuinely poorly person of a speedy appointment.

If you get benefits of any sort, please try and appreciate the fact that you do. Remember there is not a money tree that the government pick notes from to cover costs. It’s this country’s taxes. It’s that someone bothered to put the system in place. However badly you think it’s handled, it’s there.

If you are an MP, please consider that most of us workers cannot claim expenses for everything that we spend, and if we can claim anything at all, we have to provide a receipt (or evidence) for that purchase. Normally though, our wage has to cover it. So please do not be greedy when you claim your very generous expenses. Consider that you also, are privileged, not entitled.

*Source: BBC News