Friday, 19 June 2009
Patricia Hewitt and Charitable Activities
Former Labour cabinet minister Patricia Hewitt who is to stand down at the next election, has just landed a nice little job when she departs from the House of Commons.The former health secretary has been appointed senior non-executive director on the board of BT, giving a thrums up to the saying, if you can't beat them, then join them.
Hewitt was quoited in the press as saying that the decision to stand down was a difficult one and that she categorically denied that it was in any way linked to the MPs' expenses scandal.
Hewitt said she wanted to spend more time on 'work' and charitable activities related to India. When you think about it, this is not a bad move by Patricia, as BT long ago moved call centres operations to India, at a cost to UK jobs.
Indian workers serving UK customers are often given accent training, and taught about pubs, football and running story lines in popular soap operas, to be able to hold conversations with British customers. So Hewitt, I'm sure will be of grate help to this large company which relies upon remote transactions and will dump more workers and hire a cheaper labour force overseas. Hewitt is likely to receive more than £100,000 when she takes on the new role next month, and if she can't make ends meet well then there will always be part time consultancy work, I hear that pays good!
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