Charlie Mullins: Have we turned into a banana republic?

You’ve got to feel sorry for plotters Hoon and Hewitt. It seems they thought they had some serious cabinet backing, only to be left isolated when they popped their heads above the parapet to call for a secret ballot.

The sinister (and undemocratic) plot to oust the PM and take control of the government – a classic, 11th-hour double cross, followed by denials that a plot ever existed in the first place – makes us look like some kind of banana republic!

Perhaps the Labour party needs to "bite the reality sandwich" and to come together with an "open kimono". Don’t worry, I haven’t gone mad, this is apparently some of the new lingo being batted about by workers in the business world. The new jargon is apparently leaving business graduates and those new to the industry bewildered. It also has the campaigners for Plain English up in arms, reportedly saying it is "massacring" our language.

I’m in two minds about the whole issue. Language is important for any business, and a bit of friendly jargon can add character. Here at Pimlico we are proud southerners, but we will always provide our customers with clear and concise communication. It all sounds like a bit of a storm in a rosy lea cup to me.

Speaking of communication, after I voiced my outrage at the decision by the Payments Council to scrap cheques, I received an interesting letter from them, accompanied by a four-page document as to why they think it’s the right move.

The Payments Council is made up of a gang of bankers from clearing banks that are now trying to convince me that this is a good idea. Well, in my experience and awareness of the public’s views, they are wrong. I strongly believe a continued use of cheques is vital to businesses. As I have said many times before, they are all just crooks in suits and I can’t believe I wasted ten minutes of my day reading their nonsense.

I‘ve been telling people for years not to listen to bankers. I should have taken my own advice and binned it straight away!

PS – Here’s one for regular readers of my column. There’s an interesting message on Service Corps’ answer phone at the moment. It chimes that the plumbing company is "no longer trading".  Very interesting news indeed…

Charlie Mullins launched Pimlico Plumbers in 1979 with just a bag of tools and a very old van bought at auction. It now has over 133 professional plumbers and a support team of around 35 staff, with a turnover of more than £15m.

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