Invisible or detested entrepreneurs?
An article on the friends of Prince William and Kate appeared some days ago, and didn't seem worth a post until I read the comments.
Many who commented prided themselves for deriding the Telegraph's article and the Royal Couple's friends. They failed to see an interesting fact - many of the friends were entrepreneurs.
I sometimes receive the impression that entrepreneurs are scorned and their contributions ignored. I know that some entrepreneurs deserve obloquy, but what of all the others?
To take a leaf from the Life of Brian, what have entrepreneurs ever contributed to Britain?
They've taken everything we had, and not just from us, from our fathers, and from our fathers' fathers.
And from our fathers' fathers' fathers.
And from our fathers' fathers' fathers' fathers.
Yeah. All right, Stan. Don't labour the point. And what have they ever given us in return?!
Oh. Yeah, yeah. They did give us that. Uh, that's true. Yeah.
Rock 'n' roll.
Oh, yeah, rock, Reg. Remember what the '50s used to be like?
Yeah. All right. I'll grant you jobs and rock music are two things that entrepreneurs have done.
And cars and planes and the worldwide web.
Well, yeah. Obviously cars and planes and the worldwide web. I mean, www goes without saying, doesn't it? But apart from jobs and rock music and cars and planes and the worldwide web. . .
Parks, libraries, art museums, hospitals (now taken over by the government, of course).
Medical drugs, clothing, food, refrigerators, dishwashers. . .
Huh? Heh? Huh...
ipads and iphones.
Yeah, yeah. All right. Fair enough.
Beer and wine and pubs.
Oh, yes. Yeah...
Yeah. Yeah, that's something we'd really miss, Reg, if the entrepreneurs left. Huh.
However we are royally and justifiably angry at the crony bankers and politicians who have bankrupted the taxpayers of Britain, Ireland and America.
Thanks to Dr Richard North and Gordon Leonard for the Irish link.