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'We as an industry are weak'


Dear Anonymous, Nice of you to disagree. You are quite right. Lord Lucas has been in the industry longer than I have but I have no idea what experience he has. He sounds like a ‘frog in a well’. Perhaps you know this idiom: ‘There was a frog that lives in a well. He has no idea what’s outside of that well. One day a turtle comes along and tells him about the great wide world, and the beautiful blue ocean. The frog has no understanding of what the frog is talking about because he has never been outside of the small sheltered world of the well.’ All the companies that you list sound like the perfect definition of ‘insanity’: ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ Look outside the ‘well’ and you will find some inspiring examples of businesses and industry segments doing remarkably well. I can understand people being cynical if they have lost their jobs after working hard all their lives, but that doesn’t make their view right or well-rounded. I genuinely have a lot of sympathy for all those WR staff who suffered because of their management’s mismanagement. I also have sympathy for all the suppliers who will continue to suffer for some time to come. Actually, I am by nature a very cynical person, often described as an ‘old toad’, but I have never yet been called a ‘frog in a well’. As for working for the ‘other side’ – well I am intrigued as to what you mean. I have been accused of working for the ‘dark-side’ before but never the other-side.

Posted date

6 January, 2014

Posted time

8:31 pm