Wednesday, July 12, 2006

on other hogs (apart from the Prime Minister)

While searching for a link for the previous post just now, I noticed Amanda Vanstone is now embroiled in some new scandal, involving her shares in a piggery allegedly mistreating its animals:

Senator Vanstone said she owned shares in the piggery but had nothing to do with the running of the operation, thought to be one of the largest in South Australia...."I am simply one shareholder in this business," Senator Vanstone told AAP through a spokesman. "I have nothing to do with the running of it"....Animal Liberation executive director Mark Pearson claimed Senator Vanstone had shares in the piggery worth more than $1 million. He said her husband, Tony, was a director of the operation. Further details were being sought from Senator Vanstone's office on the size and nature of her stake in the piggery, and her husband's involvement. Mr Pearson alleged the piggery was breaching industry codes of practice by keeping pigs in severe confinement.

I don't know if it's symptomatic of the Liberal worldview or anyting, but it's funny how shareholders can claim to be an innocent party, when dividends and share value depend on corporate practice. How can you own part of a company but having no idea what it does? "Nothing to do with the running of it", other than funding it?