Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Shell Signing Cheques

An Spailpín Fánach ruefully notes that Royal Dutch Shell have paid US$15.5 million to the relatives of men executed by the Nigerian government for protesting about the way Shell did business in Nigeria. Shell have admitted no liability, but if this is so, why write a cheque? Very few commercial concerns part with loot to be sound.

No matter. Dead men don't come back, and money is small consolation. The only thing that An Spailpín is wondering is if Shell have learned their lesson. If there's an accident, God forbid, anywhere else, anywhere at all, is there now a budgetary provision made for steps-of-the-court sweeteners? Just in case, like.

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