John Pearse gave us a thoughtful presentation of the topic ‘The decline in integrity in business life’. It was very well received. We then discussed the changes for the worse in many areas and practices in business (food industry quality, cost – competition, cutting corners, cigarette sales abroad, suspected dilution of drugs, doubling of prices, banking – scandals, excessive bonuses, fuel prices, theatre and rail tickets being just some examples). It has become harder to trust businesses or expect truthfulness. Our strongest weapon is to trust only agents whose services and goods are well known to us for their fair and reasonable dealings. Other high-item cost sources are vets, medicaments and others such as delaying payments from businesses to suppliers and beating down suppliers to squeeze more profit. An excellent discussion. Our next meeting on July 13th has the topic: ‘We should try to reduce the use/costs of medications and try to extend habits of healthy living through national campaigns (which might also reduce the crippling costs at the chemist)”.
PS: A request to each member: please try to suggest two possible topics for future meetings in 2017/18. Topics need depth and general social significance. Do please send any ideas to me. I have already received two:
1 We must resist attempts to release any areas of our green belt, especially for house building, which should be confined to brown sites.
2 Should we be required to have identity cards?
With thanks in advance. Tom Gilmore.