Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Phillip Green's 'Unacceptable Face of Capitalism'

Dear Northern Voices  ,

Letters  : ' Sir Phillip Green - “the unacceptable face of capitalism”.
As the great Eugene  Debs said nearly  one hundred years ago in 1918 :

'I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.'
That same 'social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions ' has collaborated, facilitated &  enabled Sir Philip Green to drive BHS into the ground and has put the pensions of thousands of staff at risk. 
38 Degrees member Heinz doesn’t think we should honour a man whose greed destroyed a business. He’s started a petition for the BHS boss to be stripped of his knighthood.
This is what happens when a 'rogue' CEO is left unchallenged and left unaccountable.
The government’s already considering taking the knighthood off Philip Green.  And today, a damning report by a group of influential MPs is splashed all over the news.
A huge petition, right now, could convince the government to stop honouring 'the unacceptable face of capitalism'.
I am fully aware that for many Northern Voices readers there is indeed no 'acceptable face of capitalism ',  and that I am mindful of Lenin's quote that:  'Fascism is capitalism in decay'.  
We can all of us comrades  see that dysfunctional  'decay'  with a pub crawl round Rochdale town centre if we have eyes in our head and a heart that still retains a beat. That said we should be mindful of the part the internet plays in 21st Century working class resistance. If we can stand on a picket line, oppose fascists and demonstrate on the streets we can also spend a few minutes on the keyboard contributing to the critical mass that will eventually bring this rotting and decaying system crashing down.
Stripping Philip Green of his knighthood won’t bring back BHS or the jobs of thousands of people. But when Britain decorates people like Philip Green with awards and honours, it says to the world that they are someone important: a role model, someone worth listening to.
 This is a man who got rich by destroying the futures of thousands of people who work on the shop floor. If we convince the government to strip him of his knighthood, we’ll show big business everywhere what we think of putting greed and money above the lives of ordinary people.
So far
139,926 have signed this petition.  Please can concerned readers of Northern Voices add their voices to and sign Heinz’s petition now.
It takes less than a minute here's the link : , Thank you.
Yours faithfully

Andrew Wastling

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