Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Bring us back a coconut, Dave

ohhh Aaro ...

One of the United Kingdom’s best-known journalists, broadcasters and commentators, David Aaronovitch, will address the second luncheon of the Cayman Islands Financial Services Association (CIFSA) at The Ritz-Carlton (Grand Cayman) on Wednesday, 16 April.

If you guessed that the Cayman Islands Financial Services Association was a broadly benevolent local development organisation, perhaps dedicated to the provision of microcredit schemes to village-level weaving projects, you're wrong.

David Bree, CIFSA Director and Managing Director of DMS Management, said he was delighted to have the UK journalist as a guest speaker.

“This is the second in our series of luncheons and we are delighted to have David Aaronovitch as our guest speaker. As CIFSA looks to broaden the speakers we bring down to the island, we are excited to have the opportunity to bring such a quality speaker over from Europe,” he said.

“We have had very positive feedback from our first luncheon featuring US journalist John Fund and are delighted to have Deloitte as the premium sponsor for this event, with DMS Management, Stuarts Walker Hersant Attorneys at Law, AON Cayman National, and Brac Informatics Centre as standard sponsors. The Cayman Observer is once again a media sponsor and there are still limited sponsorship opportunities available.”

I think this provides useful context for Aaro's latest bit, on how there really is no reason to subsidise rural post offices "out of general taxation". My guess btw is that it will be the same talk on "Conspiracy Theories from JFK to Princess Diana", so if you heard it in Dundee I wouldn't make the trip to Grand Cayman specially.


Blogger ejh said...

John Fund

Is that some kind of joke? A Martin Amis take-off?

4/08/2008 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a very long time the Chief Executive of the Guernsey Financial Supervision Authority was Peter Crook.

4/08/2008 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice of Aaro to dress up the piece as just-a-bit-left (or should that be "progressive") by bashing the Duchess.

But before spouting the POs statistics, he should realise that they have been restrained from expanding their services by the PO, for example by providing facilities for DHL, etc.

Now there is an argument to be had about whether this is inevitable, as they are competitors to ParcelForce, but let's have that argument, not argue that closure is inevitable on the basis of fixed statistics.

Of course the underlying theme is that the PO is deliberately "rationalising" the service, so that the government can sell it off (and then see it further "rationalised"). That's an argument that the government is determined that we should not engage in.

4/08/2008 03:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds a very agreeable luncheon. Don't over-indulge Aaro! You'll just have to spend more time running the London Marathon again.

4/09/2008 02:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In case you're wondering about the ideological valence here, Fund is terrible -- a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal's opinion pages, which are a sink of the nuttiest conservativism, and completely unreliable on the facts. (The opinion pages are edited separately from the well-respected news pages.)

4/09/2008 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger ejh said...


4/09/2008 12:40:00 PM  

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