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Slave drivers with money to burn in the pursuit of wealth

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As you thumb through the business pages of the newspaper you become aware of the range of photographs of tycoons. Staring out at you as you eat your breakfast, their appearance touches a number of emotions. The first impression is how untrustworthy they look. Who on earth would give any of them a position of responsibility, unless they themselves were occupying their own summit of shiftiness? You then turn to wondering what they do.

Mr X is engaged in the knowledge management business. There is no explanation as to what this means but you can be sure that whatever the service he hawks it will reduce risk at the expense of someone else.

Mr Y (Yed Buy) has resigned because he failed to secure the 'public imagination' for his games console. Any sane and proper person could have told the manufacturers years ago that the product had no future.

All you have to do is observe your own children, who having played non-stop for a month, suddenly for no apparent reason, abandon their hardware to gather dust under the bed. Everyone knew that, except Mr Y and more than likely a few banks, which only ever seem to catch on when a new technological toy is already done for.

COMMON SENSE. However, in the meantime the coffers of Mr Y have enlarged by over-exercising the wrong parts of young peoples' imagination. (LOW CULTURE, LOW LIFE. ) I pick on these two unfortunates among many contenders as people who represent attitudes towards the amassment of wealth that contribute to stress. Not only is this achieved through the product (not very productive) but also by the way they treat their staff, who, if they survive and climb up the tree, will of course treat their minors in a similar way.

My own niece was enslaved to one of these people, until she saw the light and left for a calmer existence. A planned night at the theatre was granted with an expectation that she would return to work after the event at 11pm, which of course would not make her late for work the next morning at 7.30am.

These slave drivers are dull and possess no culture save that of acquiring wealth, which is no culture at all. As if this were not bad enough, the BURN-OUT that they cause en route to their riches, results in seriously disturbed people who require treatment from the state; that is your money and my money.

If this wild exploitation of public funds for private gain was a building project or an architectural commission we would have been subjected to a competition, interview, public scrutiny and a public flogging in order to allow us the privilege of probably making a loss.

BURN-OUT costs this country billions of pounds annually and largely goes unchallenged, as it always seems to be socially acceptable to make lots of money.

For many people, and particularly for those working in the City of London, the difference between child labour, the slave trade and current practice is not very much. Yet again one law for one group and NO LAW for the other.


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