A little twee here

Even maiden auntish:

Stockbroker axed for calling his bosses ‘f——‘ incompetents’ sues for £10m

Depends a little on which part of the City – trading floor or boardroom – but complaining about strong language and strong opinions strongly delivered is akin to being shocked by swearing in the Army. To the point that it can indeed be a convenient excuse but not actually something unusual.

8 thoughts on “A little twee here”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Stockbroker axed for calling his bosses ‘f——‘ incompetents’ s

    Yes but I think the Army response would be that you can discipline a soldier for indiscretion just as well as insubordination.

    Your boss may well be a fucking incompetent. He probably is. But you are not supposed to *tell* people.

    It only becomes a problem if your Sergeant is incompetent.

  2. Trading floor? When there actually was a trading floor the F word was rarely heard. Traders were much more inventive than that. Boardrooms possibly. Public schoolboys were always a foul mouthed bunch.

  3. “Can I be punished for saying you’re an incompetent ****, Sarge?”

    “Yes, private, indeed you can.”

    “Can I be punished for thinking you are an incompetent ***, Sarge?”

    “No, of course not.”

    “Well, I think you’re an incompetent ****.”

  4. Yes, SMFS. The brokerage just calls it insubordination and they’re done with it.

    But if the former employee has children to feed and the brokerage has lots of money, he could win.

  5. It only becomes a problem if your Sergeant is incompetent.

    If your sergeant is incompetent, then that just shows the fuckwit that promoted him is even more incompetent.

  6. Bloke in North Dorset

    “If your sergeant is incompetent, then that just shows the fuckwit that promoted him is even more incompetent.”

    Even the armed forces are prone to the Peter Principle. However they are (were?) protected from the consequences to some extent by having an up our out policy.

  7. So Much For Subtlety

    Bloke in Wales October 9, 2020 at 11:20 am – “If your sergeant is incompetent, then that just shows the fuckwit that promoted him is even more incompetent.”

    Well, yeah. But that sort of misses the point. You can get by with an incompetent Captain. But God help you if you have an incompetent sergeant.

    I assume that NCOs generally have to display competence over a large number of years during the training for the job. It is not something you get from passing an exam or sitting in front of a Board. So incompetent sergeants are relatively rare.

    But even assuming 99% of Deepcut is bullshit, something weird seems to have happened there.

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