Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The way of the world....

There are some amongst us who believe that every trade statement made by Trump is adhered to by US business. The same applies to China and Russia dictating to business who they can sell to or buy from and it's all centrally contolled.

The truth of the matter is that big business does what big business wants and is a law unto itself and obstacles are merely things to overcome as I explained in a previous post regarding Singapore.

In 1984 living in apartheid Sth Africa we stayed at a place called Kidds Beach just south of East London. This was right in the middle of Sth Africa’s pineapple plantations and canning industry. One day one of the African grass cutters asked to put his rubbish in our chalet bin and while emptying it later I discovered to my absolute amazement an empty can of pineapple slices made in Australia .

After a few beers down the Kidds Beach boozer it all become clear. A group of canners had put together an Australian company with the unstated help of the Sth African government and bought a family owned Queensland canning factory. Secure in the knowledge they had copyright of all marketing material the Queensland canning factory drops out of the story and carried on making or losing money for the new owners.

In order to beat the sanctions all tins of pineapple in the local cannery had Australian labels and as usual with any assembly line system the odd one gets swiped and wound up in my bin.

There is another more serious post on this subject which I will bung on later.

10 comments:

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

'Bung' is about right.

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

No comment on the story Adolf....no, just inane muttering in the dark. What about. "You lying bastard everyone knows there were no sanctions on Sth Africa"

paul scott said...

Well at least David is dead and can't bung on anymore.

Noel said...
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The Veteran said...

Egbut ... fair post and not just the US, Russia or China. Last year a New Zealand firm, Aerospace Pacific, was fined $75,000 for illegally exporting aircraft parts to North Korea in breech of the UN imposed sanctions.

david said...
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Noel said...
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Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Noel

So what?

The Veteran said...

I guess the point is that unscrupulous business anywhere will find a way to 'trump' sanctions

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Noel

My comment was directed at your apparent attempt to trivialise their offense.

Anyway, didn't Phil Goff eventually sell New Zealand's Shyhawkes to North Korea?