Friday, 6 February 2009

Insensitive Bastard

Well it seems not a week goes by without another out-of-touch member of the establishment crassly using a word which is highly offensive to millions of people and then standing there, bemused, shrugging their shoulders and wondering what all the fuss is about.

Why won't some of these people realise the nature of some particular words is totally out of keeping with our 21st Century society?

Yes Stephen Hester Chief Executive of Royal Bank of Scotland has used the disgusting and demeaning word "bonus" in public and in doing so has offended the sensitivities of every tax paying member of the British Public.

Apparently, the thinking goes, "Some bonuses among the 20,000 bankers are regarded as unavoidable either because of guarantees given in the past or to retain individuals who have generated significant profits in their areas. Without big bonuses, they could defect."

Well, I suppose these defecators would comprise the management who assisted in driving the Bank to the point of collapse with their greed and short-termism, requiring billions of pounds of taxpayers receipts to be pumped in to keep them afloat?

As far as I'm concerned they can "defect off" as far and as fast as possible. Thank you guv- that'll be £17.50, my meter's not working properly.

14 comments:

john.g. said...

GOLLY!

Z said...

Tilly thought you said Bonios and got all excited.

Tim Footman said...

In Thailand, it's standard practice to put a guaranteed annual bonus into executive contracts, irrespective of performance. I try to explain to people that it's not a bonus as such, more of a thank you for not resigning, but they just smile in a patronising manner and ask what football team I support, then say "Why not Manchester United? They are the best!"

Dave said...

I can think of nothing witty to say, for I merely agree with you wholeheartedly.

Rog said...

Jonny: You've read about the slave trade at Sandringham then.

Tilly: Oz would have been pleased to get Tilly excited.

Tim: Is that what they call a Golden "Hello?!". Supporting the Underdog is very British.

Dave: There was bound to be a first time Dave.

KAZ said...

So - they pay them the bonus so they can't defect and then they generate more significant profits so that they can pay them the bonuses so they can't defect and ........

Rog said...

I'm going to start using the word Bone-Arses - that'll show them!

Geoff said...

But if they don't get a bonus from one bank, they might be "headhunted" by another.

Up their own arses.

Magwitch said...

If the RBS management is switched on then the bonuses will be paid as shares.

That'll stuff 'em.

When I worked in The City the terms were: bonus in shares and you had to stay with the bank for 5 years in order to physically "get them" in order to sell them.

No defections and every incentive to make more money.

Of course it could all go wrong....

My Lehman shares are happily sitting in NY gathering dust. Oh well........

Rog said...

Geoff: Head Haunted would suit me.

Magwitch: There may have been toooo much incentive to make money. I suppose your Lehman Shares are Situation NFU.

Liz said...

Bone-arses! Lol. That's the funniest thing I've read all day.

Rog said...

Liz: Wait till you see my new cartoon that I've been doing instead of working today!

Life With Dogs said...

We see the same disturbing trend here en masse.

Rog said...

Nigel: Give a dog a bonus!