Friday, 10 February 2012

A Villainous Woman

Yes, she may look like a harmless little red squirrel or chipmunk, with her wide, innocent Bambi eyes, fragrant teeth and glossed lips. But take it from me, she's a wrong'un; an ocean-going, copper-bottomed, weapons-grade villain.

Her company, A4e -"a social purpose company with the sole aim to improve people's lives around the world" - (pass the sick-bag, please), turns over the thick end of £200m, ALL OF IT government contracts. That's you and me, idle blog readers.

We are mugs. Mugs! Because guess what the sweet-looking Emma Harrison is doing with the wonga? I'll tell you what: she's producing a dividend of £11m for her board, of which doe-eyed Emmykins takes £9.5m.

The cross-party group of MPs (yes, I know, hardly beacons of competence and integrity themselves) have described the performance of her company on these contracts as 'abysmal'. Will the contracts be withdrawn? I think we know the answer. There will be hand-wringing and obfuscation, lies and excuses. And the same contracts will be awarded again, with assurances that A4e's performance will be scrutinised more closely, yadda yadda.

Meanwhile, that poor blameless bastard Stephen Hester has not been allowed to take his bonus in shares, tied up for years and directly dependent upon his company's shareprice, because those slimeball politicians have given in to ignorant populism and ganged up on him because he's a banker. He is deemed to be doing a pretty good job, by the way. He was asked to go in and sort out Mr Fred Goodwin's mess. He didn't cause it. He wasn't even in the banking industry in the last few years before the bubble burst.

Hester can't get his highly conditional £1m bonus, with all its strings attached, despite his good hard work. This ginger witch, however, has just pocketed ten times that amount, ALL OF IT TAXPAYERS MONEY, despite being incompetent.

What does the coalition DO all day? The low-hanging fruit of usless spending that they could eradicate without a squeak of justifiable protest is there for all of us to see. Have they got rid of any of those gissajob Quangos? Have they hell.

This government may be slightly better than the Brown Terror that preceded it. But it is the most disappointing government of my lifetime. Given a golden ticket by the electorate to get a grip on things, with the polls still in their favour (astonishing, but that's the Ed Miliband effect for you), they arse about like the PG Tips chimps trying to move that upright piano and make a predictable bloody mess of it. With the exception of Gove and Duncan Smith, they deserve our contempt.


Hospitable Scots Bachelor said...

Who would have thought a bloodsucker could look so attractive?

Bill Quango MP said...

Have to agree. But we both {and many others} said as much before the election.
Everything within our power was done to remove the Brown monstrosity. After that take a risk on the Camerman.

Hope he might be a real leader wasn't very high before the election. It has sunk since then.

I console myself with every coalition failure, liberal twatism, fluffy moggy policy announcement, misplaced budget cut and tortured U-turn that this ISN'T the Brown Mendacity.

Even if some days it feels like it.

{BTW - SO glad to see you're back. Have reattached the Idle blog to the top 10 bookmark list}

William Gruff said...

A golden ticket? Surely a coalition government proves that no elector thought any party worth that privilege?

And Gove and EDS?

Your loyalty does you credit even as it calls into question your judgement. If England survives the EU and the aftermath of its collapse our only hope lies in voting for genuinely independent candidates for Westminster.

Party politics have ruined us.

Electro-Kevin said...

We're fucked.

This might cheer you up a bit:

Thud said...

Somewhere along the line I got things wrong and decided to work for a living. I will have to think carefuly just what advice I pass on to my children.

farmland investing said...

Are you freaking serious. With those gorgeous doe eyes and fake smile? They're probaby various foreign aid contracts and the like. Well, at least the lass will be paying 4.75 million of her windfall in tax back to said government!

idle said...

True, Farmland, true. The Exchequer is probably very grateful. It just seems an expensive way of circulating money: we give her 180m, she gets less than 1 in 10 of her young unemployed into a job, and then pays herself and her partners 11m, 5.5m of which comes back in taxes.

Seems a mighty big handling fee.

DirtCrashr said...

Wall-eyed bitch.

Philipa said...

I'm sorry I missed this post as I'm with you completely having had experience of A4e which was abysmal. I don't agree with you on Gove and especially IDS. All bad as far as I'm concerned.

Elby the Beserk said...

Looks like little Miss Prim may be in trouble...

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