Taking Stock - 'Greedy capitalist bastard' is back in the limelight.
Steven Norris, defeated Tory candidate for Mayor of London, is back in the limelight. Apparently Norris, now vice-chairman of the Conservative Party and a non-executive member of the Board of Transport for London, is a candidate for Railtrack chairman. In his own mind he is clear about the qualities he would bring to the job – were he to be offered it and were he to accept it.
Addressing the London Society of Chartered Accountants annual lunch last week he reminded TS of an interview Ken Livingstone gave after appointing him to the Board of Transport for London. ‘I appointed Jimmy Knapp to stand up for the interests of honest, hard-working ordinary people,’ Livingstone told his interviewer. ‘And I appointed Steven Norris to stand up for the interests of greedy, capitalist bastards.’