Stephen Hester is a rich man. He is the archetypal grammar school boy who had the skill, support, and luck to do well. Oxbridge and a very successful banking career has been the result of this hard slog. He didn't have daddy's friends to help him to position or riches. He got there through hard work and skill.
In the banking world such success brings wealth.
Hester is rich. Part of this wealth he spent on a nice home for he and his family to enjoy. Years after buying this he was headhunted by the government to fix the bankrupt RBS, the bank the labour and SNP allowed to implode with massive debts. As a job it's important. He has to succeed if the umpteen billions can be repaid to the taxpayer and the workers long term jobs secured.
I am surprised that the Daily Mail seems to have lurched to the left of the hard left Socialist Worker newspaper. The are crucifying Hester for owning a nice home, which he bought before the government begged him to overhaul the nationalised RBS. Rather than calling his very nice home that, suddenly it's his own Versailles. It isn't, it's just a nice home. Not a stately manor of the feudal class, just a nice home most of us cannot afford. Apparently his crime is to dare to open his garden to the public to raise money for a local hospice.
I'm sorry what's the problem here?
It's a good thing to raise money for our local hospices. The only scandal is that our hospices need to scrabble and beg for funds to survive rather than getting state funding.
Anything we can do to raise money for our local hospice is good. More than that it shows that he is part of the local community rather than being a distant, uncaring, figure.
This is a good thing.
For the DM to try to whip up class envy and to distort and lie to stir up jealousy is pathetic. It's the type of thing you're supposed to find in loony left rags not a supposed right leaning paper.
However what really stones my crows is that the DM is owned by a peer from staunch nazi roots who owns real stately homes and doesn't pay any tax.
And they dare smear a self made man helping the ill?
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