If I am reeling from the collapse of Carillion it is because the company, the banks, its advisers and the government apparently thought it was worth having a conversation about a possible bailout of the outsourcing and construction company. Because what we learned this morning is that the gap between Carillion’s debts and the value of its assets is big, and that a significant number of its contracts are toxic.
So the big news is that I’ve had a haircut. I hope your reaction is “So what?” or “Who cares?” but I fear it may not be because bizarrely — and this happened more-or-less the moment I moved from being a print journalist to the BBC — some people take what I regard as an extreme interest in how I look and my voice. Here, for an example, are a few random tweets from the typically frenzied few minutes after my recent appearances on the news. “Robert, please get your haircut.
The institutions I admire the most are those that recognise that they are living breathing social organisms, that pay due respect to their history, which are obsessive about thriving for generations to come and which are acutely aware of having a licence to operate only for as long as they are accepted as benign by the community in which they operate.
State-owned bank RBS made provisions last year to cover potential losses against its loans to Carillion. And yet the government and public sector continued to give Carillion new business. Appalling! @FThttps://t.co/9a5s2lzLXx
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