Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The British Disease

The Great GMTV Phone Line Fraud might result in job losses.
Only in the United Kingdom would the first reaction of a company which has allowed itself to be used as the vehicle for a fraud perpetrated by a third party contractor be to consider sacking its staff, when the fraud would not have happened had the company's senior managers properly supervised that contractor.
This is one case where it would better for the board of GMTV to accept collective responsibility and sack itself rather than have one tea lady lose her job as a result of a decision taken way over her head and over which she had no control; and if that were not possible, where it would be better for all to go than just some.
But you can get away with anything in this country, even get away with murder, if you say you run a business.

7 comments:

Peter Risdon said...

What a bizarre post. From your own link:

According to Panorama, which revealed the scam in last night's show TV's Dirty Secrets, Opera sales director Mark Nuthall learned what was going on in 2003 and sent an email to staff telling them to keep it from GMTV.

The message, which was also copied to boss Gary Corbett, reportedly said: "Make sure they never find out you are picking the winners early."


This is the sort of anti-business drivel I'd expect to see on a SWP blog.

Shotgun said...

What amazes me is that this was the result of an investigation by the BBC. The BBC recently admitted they had been defrauding the public too. Did the BBC investigate their own programmes? Did anyone in the BBC lose their job or senior managers taken to task?

Anonymous said...

What I cannot believe is that anyone would want to take part in such quizzes in the first place.

Kate said...

Crikey, that sounds a bit left-wing for this site! Has the Devil been infiltrated?

Devil's Kitchen said...

Please note that the author was Martin Kelly, not myself.

The name of the author is at the top of the post and he even uses justified text...

DK

Roger Thornhill said...

Leadership, integrity and example should be top-down.

Anonymous said...

There is a difference between murder and manslaughter, and there is no way (except in the mind of a deranged commentator) that Railtrack's actions amount to murder