‘Stop paying for incompetence’

Since the financial crisis of 2008 many of the pillars of the establishment have been consumed by a crisis of confidence. Many people on top professions, like banking, have been blighted with crisis.

Chris HuhneFormer Lib Dem cabinet minister Chris Huhne.

The Libor scandal for example, where mortgage rates were set at a certain rate so bankers could profit from selling them. Politicians  were involved in the expenses scandal, as well as the police and the media involved in taking and receiving bribes. With all this in mind people at the top have not had the greatest of reputations to say the least.

Recently, both politicians and public sector managers were in the frame when former Lib Dem cabinet minister Chris Huhne was found guilty of perverting the course of justice by moving his points on his driving licence to his wife’s.

Huhne resigned as an MP for his wrongdoing yet again his wrongdoing will still be rewarded £17,207 in a payoff. As well as that in the Stafford patient scandal where disorganised hospitals led to over 1,200 patients being mistreated, a NHS chief executive will also be paid off over £400,000.

Someone not switching their driving licence points to another may seem minor in the scale of things, however   stealing money or letting patients die under their care is not.

If someone in a top job does outstandingly then they should be entitled to a decent bonus. But at a time when most people are tightening their belts, we should not see  incompetency being rewarded with a payoff. Unless there is action taken within companies, I am sure that the people in the best jobs will no doubt still take advantage, and potentially cause harm to society.


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