Letter: Blindly trusting
Friday 19 February 1999
Sir: How long will it be before governments realise that the appointment of major players in the business world to positions of power is a recipe for disaster?
However fervent the protestations of impartiality and the observance of Chinese Walls in matters affecting their personal and family interests there will always be a grave doubt in the public mind. The much-vaunted "blind trusts" do little to give reassurance. It is, after all, unlikely that Lord Sainsbury, the science minister, finding X million pounds flowing into his personal or family accounts at the end of the year, can be in much doubt as to its provenance.
Business men obviously have a role to play in advising government, as do trade unions and many other specialist bodies, as and when the need arises, but this has always been done through the medium of groups such as the CBI rather than by elevating individuals, often unelected, to positions of great power and influence.
At least that system was free from the problem of "conflict of interest" - what use is an adviser who has to leave the room when anything on which he can make real input is discussed?
B J CAIRNS
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Germanwings plane crash: Video shows co-pilot Andreas Lubitz learning to fly as a teenager
- 3 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
- 4 Germanwings crash: Captain of doomed plane was only 'on board because he changed job to spend more time with his children'
- 5 WrestleMania 31 results: Seth Rollins stuns WWE as he cashes in Money in the Bank contract to claim title from Brock Lesnar
Cassetteboy joins forces with Russell Brand for Emperor's New Clothes film
Poldark, review: Demelza’s insouciance is almost as impressive as Ross’ pecs
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
James May hints he will not continue on Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson
Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity, TV review: The affable Englishman routine is wearing a bit thin
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew