Bosses at American food firm Kraft were yesterday accused of having ‘contempt’ for Parliament for refusing to fly to Britain and answer questions over its takeover of Cadbury.Fair enough. Plenty of people here have nothing but contempt for it too.
That doesn’t stop them throwing a strop like thwarted teenagers, though:
… committee chairman Adrian Bailey questioned whether Miss Rosenfeld was ‘big enough to face the committee’ and complained about her ‘failure and refusal’ to answer to them.
He added: ‘It’s unacceptable that the chief executive of a major conglomerate is not prepared to come to answer questions to a parliamentary select committee.
‘There’s a negative perception of the company which has partly arisen from Irene Rosenfeld’s refusal to come. If she was a British citizen we could effectively subpoena her. They need to be accountable for commitments they made.’Heh! A politician whining that others should be accountable. It’s almost funny…
The one thing that stuck in my craw over the hyper-injunctions meeting was that the biggest source of grievance seemed to be people were enjoined against speaking to their MP's, rather than that they had been gagged in general. It's no good being in favour of free-ish speech.
And what would Adrian Bailey say if the boot had been on the other foot and a Congressional Committee got all hoity-toity and demanded that the head of Cadbury's be grilled about its takeover of Kraft? It would be nothing but spluttering and, "bloody Yanks, who do they think they are?" etc..
"Bosses at American food firm Kraft were yesterday accused of having ‘contempt’ for Parliament .... "
And they're in a very long queue ..
a Congressional Committee got all hoity-toity and demanded that the head of Cadbury's be grilled ...
They did in the case of Tony Hayward and BP. Tony Hayward annoyed them even more by turning up and not giving them the 'right' answers....
"It would be nothing but spluttering and, "bloody Yanks, who do they think they are?" etc.."
Why should the presence of any business leader be demanded by Parliament? If there is an alleged illegality then surely that is for the Court to decide not MPs.
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