Sunday, November 20, 2005

Black on White on Black

Doing a little research on Conrad Black and came across a little piece on him in Slate from 2001. The article contained the following quote in regards to the Canadian character beared repeating:

Here is an old joke about the Canadian character: Why don't you need to
cover a Canadian lobster pot? Because the other lobsters will drag down anyone
that tries to climb out. Black has spent most of his life encouraging his
countrymen to climb out with him. He has waged a gleeful, vicious, and
ultimately unsuccessful war against (what he perceives as) its enervating,
anti-entrepreneurial collectivism.
Conrad Black - The newspaper mogul thinks like an American and writes like a Brit. No wonder he's leaving Canada.

It will be quite interesting to see how Black deals with his US legal problems. Part of me wants to see him go down, but the other part of me wants to see him beat the rap. People may not like his way of doing business, but if everything was disclosed to the board and nothing was hidden or fabricated, I am not sure what the crime is (being a greedy bully is not a crime, even in Canada). Finally something interesting in addition to Portus


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