Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
Celestial Weasel
celestialweasel

I'll go no more a roving....

Well now, it looks to me like the BBC have spent the entire day back-pedalling after Jeff Randall called 'shambles' on Patricia Hewitt's announcement about Rover last night. The BBC story was that Rover and PriceWaterhouseCooper had denied that anything was happening. This was somewhat undermined by the fact that Tony Woodley of the T&G witnessed the call and confirmed the story, and over the day traces of this slant on things have gradually disappeared from the BBC's main story on the subject.

That they hadn't called them in is not surprising because how would you call in administrators / receivers in the middle of the night anyway? Hewitt said that the management had decided to call in the receivers, not that they HAD called them in. Do the big 4 have 24 hour hotlines, anyway? if you would like to call in receivers press 1, if you would like to call in administrators press 2...e

The BBC are trying to talk up the distinction between administrators and receivers in an attempt to not look complete idiots. Jeff Randall is looking pretty shifty, methinks.

However, to me the big story should be the management managing to extract 40 million quid of which they generously offered to put a quarter into the deal with SAIC, leaving them with a cool 7.5 million each. Essentially the unions and local politicians were conned by a bunch of chancers - and, of course, are not being called on it. Tony Woodley has been blaming BMW for 'cutting and running', presumably to deflect attention from his union's gullibility 5 years ago.

As I have said before, I have worked for this manner of scum and this completely fails to surprise me.

What does surprise me is the 'this will affect the election' line being talked up by the media. If there is one thing I am convinced of is that when an industry goes down the tubes pretty much no-one gives a f**k apart from those affected and their family and friends.
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