Green demands apology from Field over comparison to Robert Maxwell

Sir Philip Green [Image: Reuters].

Sir Philip Green [Image: Reuters].

BBC radio was saying this evening that he is threatening legal action.

He reckons the report on which Mr Field’s comments were based – by the Commons’ Business, Innovation and Skills and Work and Pensions committees – was “the predetermined and inaccurate output of a biased and unfair process”.

It said that, while he had not done anything illegal, Sir Philip Green had taken large sums, left the business on “life support”, and failed to resolve BHS’s £571m pension deficit.

So we’re being told that Robert Maxwell took money illegally from the Mirror Group’s pension fund, leaving the company struggling; Sir Philip Green took money legally from BHS, and it collapsed.

Can you see any similarity between the two?

Former BHS owner Sir Philip Green has demanded an “immediate apology” from MP Frank Field for comments he made about his running of the collapsed retailer.

Speaking to the BBC, the co-chair of an inquiry into BHS compared Sir Philip unfavourably to late media magnate Robert Maxwell, who took millions from the Mirror Group’s pension funds.

“This statement is highly defamatory and completely false,” said law firm Schillings, representing Sir Philip.

Mr Field said he would not apologise.

He told BBC business editor Simon Jack that Sir Philip’s conduct was “displacement therapy”.

“Instead of writing a big cheque he is firing off lawyers’ letters. He needs to stop messing around and write a big cheque”.

Source: BHS: Philip Green demands ‘immediate apology’ from Frank Field – BBC News


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5 thoughts on “Green demands apology from Field over comparison to Robert Maxwell

  1. Nick

    frank is probably right but if you can’t see a dodgy person from the off who has history what’s that telling you ?

    it’s no good complaining now

    i always knew maxwell was dodgy as i met him many times so if i can spot a dodgy person with history what that saying about the likes of frank? this isn’t Einstein stuff

    for the record in my experiences dodgy people are always courted by those with a little power like mps for example

    dodgy people are always very persuasive and kind and it would be very easy on a meeting to get sucked in to their ways ‘after all it’s how they got to the top in the first place’?

    lucky for me they look like hell from the off so i’m very fortunate, or as the bank would say when i was working there ‘we’re very fortunate’

  2. NMac

    The only thing Frank Field got wrong is his description of the fraudster Green. His embezzlements are far worse than Robert Maxwell’s.

  3. David

    I’m beginning to think that anybody who, caught doing something very, very questionable in a situation involving lots of money who starts off by claiming that he’s not done anything wrong or illegal has a great deal to hide. Green, one of the world’s less respectable, but greedy and unlovable creatures fits the description perfectly.

  4. Justin Greenwood

    well if green feels powerful enough to fire of lawyers letters then let him pursue his allegations through court, if he is wrong then there should be a counter claim for the pension and if there is wrong doing then let him have time to reflect at her majesty’s pleasure

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