A year ago I called for the departure of Sir Peter Job as a non-executive director of Shell.

It has taken a full year for the media at large to realise just how unfit this man is to oversee the remuneration of Shell’s top executives. But whilst the buck undoubtedly stops on Job’s well-padded shoulders the remainder of the non-executive directors cannot escape responsibility for the debacle that is shareholders rejection of the remuneration proposals for Shell’s high-priced (very high priced!) help. Let’s name and shame them. Jorma Ollila sits at the top as non-executive Chairman. Why didn’t he call for an end to the excesses of the past and instruct Job to take public opinion in these difficult times into account?

And what about Wim Kok (pictured)?Wim Kok

I was first aware of Kok when I lived in The Netherlands in the early 1980s – he was then a respected trades union leader – not a left-wing firebrand but a genuine social democrat and representative of the working man. He later became a Labour Prime Minister of The Netherlands – but where are your socialist principles now Wim and when did you become a Fat Cat? Then there are Christine Morin-Postel, Lawrence Ricciardi, Hans Wijers , Nick Land and Josef Ackermann and His Lordship Kerr of Kinlochard GCMG. Did none of them realise that to be a Non-executive Director requires you to take an objective view. Did they just take the money and run and acquiesce to the shameful remuneration plan that the shareholders have so honourably thrown out? The questions need to be asked and I am happy to ask them. Let’s see if we get any answers!

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