Thursday, March 23, 2006

Crapita Protection Racket

Rod Aldridge, secret Labour loaner, resigned as executive chairman of Capita today.

Lot's some interesting stuff about Capita and Aldridge on the go.

Here's something else I thought interesting. It comes from the Bloomberg report on Aldridge's resignation statement.
"The Labour Party came to me last year in need of financial support following the costs incurred at the last general election,'' Aldridge said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.
That's very interesting. The governing Labour Party approached the chairman of a company which makes millions out of government contracts and asked him for a private loan. That seems to be something the rest of the media should be picking up on. No sign that they are as far as I've seen.

There's something of the Monty Python about this (with apologies).
Receptionist: Two gentlemen to see you Mr Chairman.
Chairman Aldridge: Show them in please.
Receptionist: Mr Tony Blarcotti and Mr Charlie Clarcotti.

The men enter. They wear Mafia suits and dark glasses.

Charlie: Good morning, Mr Chairman.
Chairman: Good morning gentlemen. Now what can I do for you.
Tony: (looking round office casually) You've ... you've got a nice business here, Mr Chairman.
Chairman: Yes.
Tony: We wouldn't want anything to happen to it.
Chairman: What?
Charlie: No, what my colleague means is it would be a shame if... (he knocks something off mantel)
Chairman: Oh.
Charlie: Oh sorry, Mr Chairman.
Chairman: Well don't worry about that. But please do sit down.
Tony: No, we prefer to stand, thank you, Mr Chairman.
Chairman: All right. All right. But what do you want?
Charlie: What do we want, ha ha ha.
Tony: Ha ha ha, very good, Mr Chairman.
Charlie: The Chairman's a joker, Tony.
Tony: Explain it to the Chairman, Charlie.
Charlie: How many government contracts you got, Mr Chairman?
Chairman: About five hundred altogether.
Charlie: Five hundred! Hey!
Tony: You ought to be careful, Chairman.
Chairman: We are careful, extremely careful.
Tony: 'Cos things break, don't they?
Chairman: Break?
Charlie: Well everything breaks, don't it Mr Chairman. (he breaks something on desk) Oh dear.
Tony: Oh see my colleague’s clumsy Mr Chairman, and when he gets unhappy he breaks things. Like say, he don't feel the business playing fair by him, he may start breaking things, Mr Chairman.
Chairman: What is all this about?
Charlie: How many men you got here, Mr Chairman?
Chairman: Oh, er ... we also mostly employ women actually.
Charlie: Women, Tony.
Tony: Be a shame if someone was to set fire to them.
Chairman: Set fire to them?
Charlie: Fires happen, Mr Chairman.
Tony: Things burn.
Chairman: Look, what is all this about?
Tony: My colleague and I have got a little proposition for you Mr Chairman.
Charlie: Could save you a lot of bother.
Tony: I mean you're doing all right here aren't you, Mr Chairman.
Charlie: Well suppose some of your contracts was to get cancelled?
Tony: It wouldn't be good for business would it, Mr Chairman?
Chairman: Are you threatening me?
Tony: Oh, no, no, no.
Charlie: Whatever made you think that, Mr Chairman?
Tony: The Chairman doesn't think we're nice people, Tony.
Charlie: We're your buddies, Mr Chairman.
Tony: We want to look after you.
Chairman: Look after me?
Charlie: We can guarantee you that not a single contract will get done over for fifteen bob a week...
The fact that Labour approached and asked someone in Aldridge's position for a loan, assuming his assertion is true, is big. And very, very smelly.

Think about the implications. The very best thing you could say about Labour approaching Aldridge for cash is that the people involved might just be extremely stupid rather than corrupt.
Come on media types. Is this true? Did Labour approach Aldridge?

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