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Re: Response with responsibility

Subject: Re: Response with responsibility
From: Jerry Ross
Date: Dec 18 2009 09:34:06
However sensible its conclusions, this is a curiously self-satisfied document. It reads more like a promotional puff for the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council. (And do we really need a section setting out "a brief history [of] Better Regulation in the UK under the current Labour Government"? Why do we need to be reminded of the colour of the current Government...?)

But anyway, thank goodness for Mr Haythornthwaite; because without his brave and timely intervention, the serried ranks of self-interested, money-grubbing Risk-Mongers (that's us folks) would have sneaked through legislation enabling us to foist our services on the public by requiring every tree in every old lady's garden to be inspected every five years.

But hang on though; was that how it was?
Personally I recall that most of the reasoned opposition to what was, after all, only a draft discussion document, actually came from within the industry.

But setting aside his equating the moral integrity of our profession with that of bankers, and however much we may applaud (and I do) the encouragement of a more rational attitude towards risk, I do find the self-congratulatory tone leaves a rather unpleasant taste in the mouth.

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