Here it is in all its jpeg glory (thanks Sherlock Naomes). Beggars belief really. I thought the Financial Times were against picking sides and all that. Surely a big company poisoning people would be cause for concern to a periodical publication concerning finances? I mean, shareholders might be Reading [bloody iPhone*] the Financial Times thinking “I wonder what to invest my finances in next… Hum di hum… Eurgh! SHELL? No way!” and then a company which POISONS PEOPLE would lose some finances because POISONING PEOPLE is naughty and bad for their corporate image. I certainly wouldn’t want to be investing in a company that umm… POISONS PEOPLE.
Maybe Shell would kick up a stinker and choose to not buy advertisement space in such a publication that would question their integrity. Tush and fi. That’s the only reason I can think of for pulling out when Amnesty said they took full legal responsibility for it. For those of you yet to meet Naomi McAuliffe, head of this campaign, she is rubbish at lying. Her face goes bright pink. If she says she’s taking full responsibility for any legal issues (libel or otherwise), unless her face goes bright pink, that is definitely the case (well, in this case Amnesty would be, but I’m pretty sure she’d get into trouble for making it up).
One time, as a child, my brother invited his friend Adam over for tea after school. Adam was a right little git. He messed up my brothers room, was rude to my mum, and then when my mum quietly mentioned it to his mum, the blasted woman blanked my mum. Yes, she ignored the fact that her son could possibly have been such an odious git, despite me and my mum and brother witnessing the whole thing.
Shell Oil are a lot like that kid Adam. They’ve gone elsewhere to make a mess in someone else’s home and the FT are like Adam’s mum and should be ashamed of itself in pulling out of the ad.
*I’m writing this on my iPhone, which capitalises certain things like the W in White (see?) and the R in Reading (ha! There it is again!) and the P in iPhone (actually I don’t have a problem with that one). Is there an app to correct that?