Posts Tagged ‘Boris Johnson’

totally unbiased BBC saying that protestors have claimed another scalp.

October 31, 2011

Now the Dean of St. Pauls has announced that he will be resigning his post.

The totally unbiased BBC has called this a second scalp for the protestors, without having heard any further explanation from the Dean, apart from his statement —It has become increasingly clear to me that, as criticism of the cathedral has mounted in the press, media and in public opinion, my position as Dean of St Paul’s was becoming untenable. In order to give the opportunity for a fresh approach to the complex and vital questions facing St Paul’s, I have thought it best to stand down as dean, to allow new leadership to be exercised. I do this with great sadness, but I now believe that I am no longer the right person to lead the Chapter of this great cathedral.

He is resigning because of criticism, as stated.

None of that criticism has come from the protestors but, as he says, from their antagonists in, and through,  the media.

Surely, then, it is the media and who they represent, who have claimed another scalp.

( a rock doesn’t cause you stress, unless there’s a hard place to oppose it, with you in the middle)

The Bishop of London is now in the front line between the media (interestingly, his wife is a freelance writer) and the protestors.

As he says on his promo for the internet church ( he is all for face to face discussion and communication of the Christian message.

As his internet church is based upon St. Stephen’s, Walbrook, which is right next door to Mansion House, perhaps he will invite Boris and the protest organisers to step  inside and have a face to face chat.


London Tube bonuses

May 22, 2011

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I usually find that much of your column chimes with my own perceptions but, as with most columnists, there is sometimes the odd item, which seems out of place. These items have the appearance of a filler, picked up from elsewhere, or a plant from someone with the ear of the Editor.
Your story on the bosses of London Underground planning to offer a £500 bonus/bribe to ensure that the London Olympics are strike free has the smack of a filler, in that it seems ill-considered.
Unlike the bonuses being paid to Banker’s, these payments are intended to try and ensure a good outcome. They are not a huge amount of money, in terms of the benefit that could accrue, being equivalent to £10 per week over a year. Compare that to the cost of the average tube journey.
Compare that to loss of tourist goodwill and condemnation in the International Press. Compare it to your own column inches, if there are strikes.
It seems good business practice, to me, unless they really are just bribes, in which case they will be paid up-front.
If they are paid on results, then that is a hold that management has over the Union bosses, until the cash goes out, which allows them to actually push Staff harder and set a precedent for standards of productivity.
If Boris actually does step in and block these bonuses, then he will have served the staff better than their union bosses.