Standard Life Far Right Board 401


Standard Life’s Far Right Board needs exposing:

Keith Skeoch, Executive Director of Standard Life, is on the Board of Reform Scotland, the neo-conservative lobby group which wants to abolish the minimum wage, privatize the NHS and pensions, and still further restrict trade unions.

It is difficult for Tories openly to campaign against Scottish Independence as everyone in Scotland hates them, so they do it with their corporate hats on. This is most of the board of Standard Life:

Garry Grimstone, Chairman, “lead non-executive” at the Ministry of Defence, London

Keith Skeoch, Executive Director, right wing political lobbyist

Crawford Gillies, Non Executive Director, Chairman of Control Risk Group, of London, the “security consultancy” of choice for ex MI5 and MI6 officers

Noel Harwerth, non-executive Director, Director of “London First” – [Honestly, I am not making this up]

David Nish – Chief Executive, Member of the “UK Strategy Committee” of “TheCity UK”. “TheCity UK” being a body of the City of London.

John Paynter, non-executive Director, was vice chairman of JP Morgan Cazenove until the 2008 crash

Amazing that lot oppose independence, huh?

Standard Life also threatened to leave at the time of the devolution referendum and gave out No campaign materials to staff. “Leave” of course is a relative concept – the above bunch just pop up from London from time to time to check on how the serfs are doing.

I published this information on 27 February when they last tried to influence the independence debate. Standard Life is again trying today to influence the referendum campaign by a press release claiming it will move key departments to London in the event of independence, enthusiastically amplified by the BBC, Guardian and all the other reactionary media.

Well, here is an opposing press release, from me. If anybody thinks that an Independent Scotland will be a place where major strategic companies can still be controlled by swivel-eyed right wing ideologues, they may get a very nasty shock from the people of Scotland.


401 thoughts on “Standard Life Far Right Board

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  • guano

    Big Corporations like Standard Life have come to feel in total control of their sheltered environment of fat cat trading. The cloak of respectability of corporate power is shrouded in secrecy and deeply immersed in spying on its competitors and critics. Politicians are far more vulnerable.

    Hence the corporate elite absolutely detest being exposed on the internet. The one-way mirrors of power are supposed to protect them from rude intrusions of accountability and public scrutiny.
    The culture of secrecy clearly extends to county councils, if Rotherham is deleting its own files.

    The corporate elite has all the satanic resources of Masonism or in the case of Muslim corporations the pseudo freemasonry of the Muslim Brotherhood to call on. Fleas on fleas, sleaze on sleaze. The defence industry and jihad, the drugs trade and the banking trade, all one and the same sick, perverted, bloated, satanic system of greed.

    Well done Craig for aiming your pebble at Goliath’s forelock. Yes on the 18th will bring large parts of NWO phoney power to its knees.

  • Republicofscotland

    Of course the Better Together camp like throwing around Ian Wood’s comment on the lack of oil, the same Ian Wood who allegedly owns a fracking company, which he runs from his tax haven in Guernsey. I wonder if indeed, Wood owns a fracking company,and where its situated, and who issues his licence,and would that influence his decision regarding the amount of oil available to Scotland

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    Craig

    “I published this information on 27 February when they last tried to influence the independence debate. Standard Life is again trying today to influence the referendum campaign by a press release claiming it will move key departments to London in the event of independence..”
    __________________

    They have a full right to attempt to influence the independence debate.

    As you are trying to do through your blog and the meetings at which you speak.

    One can argue about the accuracy/truth of what they are saying.

    Just as a couple of commenters on a previous thread argued about the truth/accuracy of what you were saying about the oilfields and the demarcation of the English and Scottish maritime areas.

  • Fool

    In his re-wilding book Feral George Monbiot refers to the findings of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association that 3/4 of Sutherland is in the hands of 81 estates or off shore trusts and upon sampling 10 of the estates found that they employed 112 full time workers over 780 square kilometres.

  • Anon

    The minimum (maximum) wage holds down the lowest paid workers and it is absolutely right to abolish it.

    As regards an independent Scotland, it will be like Venezuala but without the oil.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    From Ben (American Nazi)

    “Let’s hope the vote isn’t gerry-mandered with an event that causes sphincters to seize up.”

    yet another anal reference. What’s with you, bro’ ?

  • Anon1

    The minimum (maximum) wage holds down the lowest paid workers and it is absolutely right to abolish it.

    As regards an independent Scotland, it will be like Venezuala but without the oil.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    CanSpeccy

    “@CM:

    How can anybody know what policies an independent Scotland will pursue? Nobody has the right to say what those policies will be.

    Sounds like the company prospectus issued by hucksters at the time of the South Sea Bubble offering shares in:

    “a company for carrying out an undertaking of great advantage, but nobody to know what it is.””
    __________________

    Delicious!

  • CanSpeccy

    @RoS

    Also today we have BP spouting their doom and gloom scenario if Scotland dares to defy, Westminster and become independent.

    Actually, BP said nothing about Scotland daring “to defy Westminster.”

    The CEO merely stated the fact that (a) Much of [BP’s N. Sea] activity requires fiscal support to be economic, and (b) future long-term investments require fiscal stability and certainty, and that in the view of the company, “the future prospects for the North Sea [for oil extraction, presumably] are best served by maintaining the existing capacity and integrity of the United Kingdom.”

    Point (a) is an assertion of fact which, if it is claimed to be false, needs to be shown to be false, and Point (b) is a seemingly reasonable statement of where the company thinks its interest lies.

    So what’s to object to? Company directors have a legal obligation to do what is in the best (financial) interest of shareholders. BP’s CEO is, therefore, only open to criticism for the above statements if he, in fact, believes, contrary to the implication of what he said, that BP’s North Sea profits will be greater under the jurisdiction of an independent Scotland, than under the present UK regime. Does anyone seriously believe that to be true?

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    Fedup

    Actually, I found CabSpeccy’s entire post quite thought-provoking.

    Your reply to his point on the minimum wage concept was:

    “What an asinine, stupid, myopic retort! What on Earth you are on? You have been steadily getting weirder in your comments, as the time goes on.

    What kind of a stupidonomics, can be so misanthropic, other than a nostrum of clueless “white supremacists”?”

    Do you think you could raise your game and bring forward some economic counter-arguments rather than an ungrammatical and illiterate little collection of insults?

    Don’t you want to be taken seriously, Fedup?

  • Anon1

    Aren’t over a third of Scotland’s workers employed in the public sector? Even with dwindling oil reserves, whisky and shortbread, that’s going to be hard to maintain.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    I’ve read that average life expectancy in Scotland is lower than in England and Wales (apparently something to do with eating habits, alcohol and tobacco).

    Do commenters think that average life expectancy will increase in Scotland in the event of that country becoming independent?

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    Anon1

    “Aren’t over a third of Scotland’s workers employed in the public sector? Even with dwindling oil reserves, whisky and shortbread, that’s going to be hard to maintain.”
    ____________________

    Don’t fret, Anon1. Over 90% of the (few) non-agricultural jobs in Guinea Bissau and in Moçambique are in the public sector and I’m told that the economies of both those countries are doing splendidly.

  • Anon1

    “This is what the No crew want to preserve.
    Richest 1% own 60% of the wealth. UK-wide.”

    It sounds impressive. But under Komodo’s preferred system there would be no wealth at all*, as every socialist economy the world over has demonstrated.

    *except for the 1%

  • Jay

    Money and wealth is hither not of importance; work that is done is.
    And it ain’t done is it, cause as it is work is not measured by anything else but money and rights not to do it.

    we should dig the earth with spoons if it is fruitful.

    We plough the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land;
    But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand:
    He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain,
    The breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain.

    All good gifts around us
    Are sent from heaven above,
    Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
    For all His love.

    He only is the maker of all things near and far;
    He paints the wayside flower, He lights the evening star;
    The winds and waves obey Him, by Him the birds are fed;
    Much more to us, His children, He gives our daily bread.

    We thank Thee, then, O Father, for all things bright and good,
    The seed time and the harvest, our life, our health, and food;
    No gifts have we to offer, for all Thy love imparts,
    But that which Thou desirest, our humble, thankful hearts.

    We thank Thee, then, O Father, for all things bright and good,
    The seed time and the harvest, our life, our health, and food;
    Accept the gifts we offer, for all Thy love imparts,
    But what Thou most desirest, our humble, thankful hearts.

  • Johnstone

    Some more great writing.. this time George Monbiot The Guardian yesterday
    Where, in Scotland’s Labour party, are the Keir Hardies and Jimmy Reids of our time? Where is the vision, the inspiration, the hope? The shuffling, spineless little men with whom these titans have been replaced offer nothing but fear. Through fear they seek to shove Scotland back into its box, as its people rebel against the dreary, closed future mapped out for them – and the rest of us – by the three main Westminster parties.

    Copied from a previous thread

  • doug scorgie

    Ben
    10 Sep, 2014 – 4:29 pm

    “they may get a very nasty shock from the people of Scotland.”
    “Let’s hope the vote isn’t gerry-mandered with an event that causes sphincters to seize up.”

    ———————————

    Or vibrate uncontrollably!

  • Tony_0pmoc

    British Predation,

    You too wrote something interesting “If they puncture the seabed and poison your coast”.

    Yes completely disgusting I agree…

    But it also conforms to the most fundamental laws of physics – which I won’t bore you with…

    Just think about how all that oil…got way, way down there…many miles below the surface of the earth over 15,000 feet below the deepest depth any fossil has ever been found (in some cases (ask the Russians) under basement granite rock…not a lot of sediments round here..

    Oil is lighter than water…what are all those dead fish and dinasours doing down way down there…and trying to burst out under such tremendous pressure when BP punctures an incredibly deep hole under a very deep sea bed…????

    Answers on a post card to someone not trained in physics and someone who lies a lot.

    Oil is not a fossil fuel.

    It was always called a mineral oil…until some American…said…well there’s no money in telling the truth…Let them think it will run out…then we can charge what we want – and rape the earth in the process…

    Meanwhile, I have some serious evidence (which I won’t bore you with either) that Fusion power might actually be already working – in terms of its capability to provide the planet with safe clean energy…except of course that market has already been cornered off by these American lunatics who let off “H” bombs (fusion is very different to fission – fission make a mess – fusion just makes an incredibly large explosion if you use a large bomb – but if you make a much smaller fusion electricity generator and kick it off with a very high powered laser which reaches incredibly high temperatures for an exceedingly short period of time…or alternatively you can make many very small nuclear bombs with it and pull of a 9/11 with hardly any radioactive trace.

    Sorry about that…someone has fucked up the sound on my PC….it works…but not by HDMI – and it was fine this morning – and no one has touched it since…I asked my lad – and he did all the same tests as me and much more….Dad – Someone has fucked up your PC.

    Don’t worry – I will sort it out tomorrow and use the old analogue outputs for now.

    Scottish Independence is an Enormous Step Forward…Potentially Even More Important Than The Russians in The Ukraine Telling The neocon Lunatics To Fuck Off by beating them at their own Insane Game (War)

    Tony

  • Ben

    Two ways for bankers to make money; people at work, money at work.

    The 1% have their work cut out for them.

  • Anon1

    Habbabkuk

    “I’ve read that average life expectancy in Scotland is lower than in England and Wales (apparently something to do with eating habits, alcohol and tobacco).”

    Parts of Glasgow have a lower life expectancy than the Gaza strip.

  • Ben

    “Or vibrate uncontrollably!”

    Now you’ve gone too far. What brand of butt-plug for Havaweepunch? Really, our anal fixation excites the lad.

  • muttley79

    Standard Life in against constitutional change in Scotland shock. Big business, the MSM, and the British establishment do not give a fuck about the people who require to use food banks to provide themselves with sustenance. I honestly believe the likes of the board Standard Life would not care if thousands died right in front of their faces of starvation. They have no social conscience whatsoever. As long as they make a profit they are happy. The MSM in general do not care either (there will be some exceptions). The direction of political travel in the UK is moving ever more to the right. Social Darwinists control the British state, and have done for decades.

  • doug scorgie

    CanSpeccy
    10 Sep, 2014 – 6:33 pm

    “The minimum wage is a job killer, since it denies work to any adult whose work is worth less than six quid thirty-one an hour.”

    Exactly what the Daily Telegraph opined when the minimum wage was first mooted: “People have the right to work for less than the minimum wage.”

    Tory policies are NOT welcome in Scotland.

  • CanSpeccy

    @BZ

    This is what the No crew want to preserve:

    “Richest 1% own 60% of the wealth. UK-wide.”

    So what would the Yes crew do to correct this condition? Will there be a general confiscation of wealth, and if so who will gain? the State? or will the wealth be redistributed? and if so, how?

    At birth, as I recall, my net worth was zero. At 21, when I was graduated from university my net worth was considerably less than zero. Should I have been compensated at those times by a transfer of wealth from the landowners of Sutherland, or what? Or perhaps I should have been paid a sum to be repaid by myself at a later point in my career when I might have accumulated some cash. Would one of the Yes crew, please expound.

    And what is the basis of the distribution data provided? Residents of the UK have various claims on the state for schooling, healthcare, pensions, etc. Although not usually given an equivalent capital value, all of these things can be so valued. By so valuing them, the apparent inequity in the distribution of wealth must be somewhat diminished, so perhaps things are not so unfair as they seem.

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