Editorial: Fattened lambs to the slaughter

Watching the Camelot directors marching in to receive their telling off from the Heritage Secretary Chris Smith, one cannot shake the impression that they were born for the role.

Watching the Camelot directors marching in to receive their telling

off from the Heritage Secretary Chris Smith, one cannot shake the

impression that they were born for the role.



As if by some strange process of self-selection, Messrs Russell, Holley

and Rigg - have wandered blinking on to the public stage just as the

Government prepares to launch its first real strike against fat cats in

the form of a windfall tax on the utilities. What better way to stoke up

public anger against excess profits than by putting the squeeze on these

’smirking Camelot fat cats’ (Mirror) with their dark suits and massive

pay rises? Better still, as Heritage department insiders told the Times,

the three men had appeared ’unaware of the public anger to the point of

arrogance’ - a theatrical touch which only adds to their suitability as

bogeymen.



All of which, has of course, been exploited to the hilt by the

Government - which is showing a professionalism in its handling of the

media which those in the corporate sector should envy.



Perhaps the worst thing that can be said of these fat cats is that they

have been caught napping and fallen prey to a much swifter predator in

the form of New Labour. Although, when the man receiving the biggest pay

rise (90 per cent) is the communications director, David Rigg, one is

entitled to ask how they managed to walk into this mess so ill-prepared,

given the fact that the cumulative bonuses and incentives which have

caused such anger are based on historical performance.



One is also entitled to ask why, with all its legions of PR consultants

and lobbyists, Camelot appeared to be so totally unprepared for the

Government’s reaction. Either they were, and this is a set-up - with

Camelot playing the fall-guys as part of some more extensive

behind-the-scenes agreement - or their lobbying operation has failed

miserably.



Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

Would you like to post a comment?

Please Sign in or register.