Much has been written, and said, about the dire moral state of banking in the UK. I find it interesting that moving around bits of paper with numbers written on them should be expected to be a profession of high ethical status but in the old days (about 30 years ago) we are told that ‘my word’ used to be ‘my bond’ whereas now ‘your bond is my bonus’.
Apart from the Cooperative Bank and the Triodos Bank I couldn’t name a bank with any particular moral position on anything. I can remember boycotting Barclays because of its links with the apartheid South African regime back in the 1970s as a student and that stance doesn’t seem to have led me astray since. In all those advertisements for banking have I missed the moral messages, or are they just not there? As I say, it’s not really very surprising that they are absent.
But what of those organisations, mostly charities, which might claim a moral high ground? Can you differentiate between wildlife NGOs in terms of their moral stances? In their advertisements do they sell themselves on their ability to change the world or do good in it – or at least be on the right side in any argument? Do they tell you what they aim to do and how they aim to do it?
What moral stances would you like to see in your wildlife NGOs, and do you detect them or are you still looking?
And finally, Spain won Euro 2012 as expected, with the highest coverage of Natura 2012 sites of any country in the competition how could they not? Take note Roy Hodgson, you should be lobbying government for better environmental performance rather than worrying about Rooney’s strained temper or strained thigh.