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Peter Reynolds

The life and times of Peter Reynolds

Posts Tagged ‘Business

Tony Hayward, BP And The Oil Spill

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Good Job

I am really very impressed with BP’s Chief Executive.  He is doing the best possible job for his company – and probably for all concerned.  His appearance on the Andrew Marr show this morning was an object lesson in how to handle such a crisis.  He is suitably contrite.  He is direct, honest, loyal, everything that any board of directors or committee of shareholders could ask for.  Crucially, in the TV age, he looks right.  His appearance is an exact match for his message.

Here is a man who is worth every penny of a salary I would expect to run to hundreds of thousands of pounds.

I’m no fan or friend of big oil companies.  There’s little doubt in my mind that BP and Esso/Exxon, the world’s biggest, operate an effective cartel on fuel prices.  They’re so big that no government can do anything about it.

I don’t think you can blame BP for the disaster although obviously it is responsible.  Clearly, you have to ensure that all possible safety standards and procedures are complied with but, given that, it could have happened to any oil company, anywhere.  There’s no more greed in BP than anywhere else. It’s just a business trying to make a profit like any other.

I deplore the oil spill just as I approve of motherhood and apple pie.  I understand that Obama has to give BP an appropriate amount of flak but the important point is how it is dealing with the disaster and all its consequences.  From what I see I think we should all be grateful that Tony Hayward is the man in charge.

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The Young Apprentice

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"It's not my fault!"

Doesn’t this  programme reveal the real truth about “The (Grown Up) Apprentice”?

All those retarded, celebrity-wannabees who would never have lasted five minutes in a real business were children themselves.  The very idea that any of them had any idea what they were talking about was just a hugely patronising insult to the viewer.  Incidentally, I’m reserving the title “The Adult Apprentice” for a really innovative little idea that’s on my very top shelf.

It’s an indictment of the researchers that work on this sort of lowbrow dross.  They chose the idiot contestants on “The (Grown Up) Apprentice” to fail and to indulge in all sorts of puerile angst and confrontation.  I prefer “The Young Apprentice”.  It’s much more honest, more amusing and entertaining without making the contestants look like idiots.   This is the way I would expect children to behave!

I can’t wait for one of the kids to call him Lord Suralan.   Seems to me he’d make a perfect chairman for the FA, which is just another load of nonsense for spoilt kids.

Anyway, in “The Adult Apprentice” you won’t get fired but you will be punished.

What If The Volcano Doesn’t Stop?

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It might start by ruining the holidays of the wealthy.  Then it might be inconvenient for business if executives can’t get to their high powered meetings.  The supply of out of season fruit and vegetables from Kenya would disappear.

The eruption might not stop for days, weeks, even months or years.  It might get worse.  See here for what happened 227 years ago when a volcano in Iceland erupted and be afraid, be very afraid!

The Day After Yesterday

That would shock us all out of our comfortable little lives wouldn’t it?  We wouldn’t all be so concerned about the Leaders TV debate then would we?

Some might say we are overdue, maybe even deserve a catastrophe on Planet Earth.

Who knows?

This could be the start of it.

Written by Peter Reynolds

April 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Rugby Is Life

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Once again the Six Nations Championship sets an example for us all.  As passionate and committed and absolute a Welshman I am, I am moved by Ireland’s achievement and offer every congratulation.  Rugby is life.  It sets a moral standard of ambition, honour and determination that business, government and all of us would do well to follow.

Written by Peter Reynolds

March 21, 2009 at 8:07 pm