To day or not to day #60. Rather a bungler than a coward: greed is necessary for our prosperity. "Greed works" was the motto of Gordon Gekko, the investor of the Oliver Stone film "Wall Street" and an icon of the hedonistic eighties. But after the financial crisis, money is gradually getting a bad reputation. Bankers only seem to hunt for bonuses and don't have an eye for their customers any longer. As far as Finance Minister De Jager concerns the profession soon is subjected to a financial Disciplinary Board. A well-known Dutch criminal lawyer appeared before the disciplinary committee of his own profession. He wants to be payed in cash, but then let the apprentice do the work. And many consider the grocer and plumber to have fallen prey to greed. They think only of their own financial gain, leaving the consumer out in the cold with rotting fruit and leaky faucets. An unsuspecting customer pays his bills anyway.
Source: Het Financieele Dagblad, Saturday 29 September 2012.