Right is good and wrong is bad (Ernie Lockwood)

I went to work in the North Sea in the early 1970s. Accountancy, legal and safety were hastily knocked together departments in oil-related companies.

Fast forward to 2014 when the private accountancy companies have become the main recipients of every payroll thanks to deliberate, ever-burgeoning, legislative bureaucracy.

On Radio Four, a chap from a nationally known, so-called, accountancy firm explained what his company did. Well, that was his brief. I doubt he knows entirely what it does.

I doubt if anyone fully knows what it does especially the members of councils, NHS bodies, civil service, governmental and parliamentary departments, educational bodies – all of whom pay mind-boggling amounts of working people’s money to these private accounting companies.

This chap’s beautifully-modulated, laconic explanation consisted of such grandiloquent but amorphous vagueness that he should be coaching budding, career politicians.

Instead of today’s wage-earners being allowed to keep enough money to feed their children, too much tax money is flowing out to these accounting companies.

The latter appear to do little to earn the funds. They bill the above public offices for divesting the officials of duties in order to be handsomely paid for not doing them either. But the paperwork is impressive.

This may contribute to such a large percentage of our nation’s working people being obliged to endure the crippling indignity of feeding their kids out of food banks while grinning, chubby-faced politicians joke and squabble on national TV, while losing money hand over fist with apparent impunity.

Serial “readers’ letters” writers may propose the above is simplistic. Right is good and wrong is bad – now that’s what I call simplistic; uncomplicated and easy to follow.

Ernie Lockwood


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  • David Spence

    • April 20th, 2014 0:21

    It does not surprise me at all that in the society totally driven by the value of money (a capitalist based society perpetrated more so by a vile Conservative Government) and what this represents no matter how immoral the principles of business are, and the ever increasing need to make greater wealth for the minority regardless to what methods may be used to the detriment of society as a whole in which to achieve this.

    In a society of today, the gap between the rich and poor has never been greater, and is increasing greater with a political system that does not represent the people but represents those in society who increasingly will used practices which are morally highly questionable but our so-called moral politicians will deliberately pay a blind eye to as long as they themselves benefit (a key attribute to a capitalist system).

    Is there a connection between business practices and this of war, conflict, nationalism and patriotism? Well, based on our neighbours across the pond, there most certainly is a big connection between all these factors, as the laws that govern business are the same laws which govern violence, conflict, aggression and one countries foreign policy…………….all of these under the total and utter control of the most corrosive element of any civil (said very loosely) society, this of the banking system……….the pinnacle of a capitalist system undoubtedly where it, the banks, preach their morals and principles via the profit and debt to which they enforce society to be in.


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