Businesses should stop talking in legalese and remember their customers are human beings

Comment: BT's response to a backlash over chief executive Gavin Patterson's pay was – like too many statements from businesses – verbiage suffocated in qualification, says Chris Blackhurst

Friday 28 December 2018 09:20 GMT
BT’s announcement about leaders’ pay is indicative of a loss of way
BT’s announcement about leaders’ pay is indicative of a loss of way (Reuters)

On my first national newspaper, The Sunday Times, I was summoned by the late, great Tony Bambridge.

I’d already clocked that Bambridge, a senior executive, was a joy to work with for any writer, that he could craft and hone copy like no other, and he was on the side of the journalist, provided they put the work in. He was holding a print-out of the draft of an article I’d written. “You did law, didn’t you,” he stated. It was true, my degree was in law. I nodded.

“What’s this?” He asked, pointing to his desk. “It’s a desk,” I said. “Well f*****g well say so. Don’t say, ‘it’s got a flat top and four legs, and therefore might be a desk.’ It’s a desk.”

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