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Stunned and outraged by Shell’s denouncement of Peter Robinson 

Comment by retired Shell International HSE Group Auditor, Bill Campbell on The Times article: Shell executive Peter Robinson took bribe, oil giant suspects

Stunned and outraged 

I find the virulent condemnation of Peter Robinson in the OML 42 affair interesting in both the timing, what happened to innocent until proven otherwise, and the strength of the rebuke I understand communicated to thousands of employees down the line, stunned and outraged, pretty strong stuff.

Van Beurden in his rather jocular now infamous wire tapped conversation with Simon Henry did not seem the least stunned and outraged by the fact that his deep state spooks were analysing on behalf of RDS who would or could receive kickbacks in the OPL245 deal. That way back in time and prior to payout the Legal Adviser Hess was advising if they went ahead it would be the best of a number of very bad potentially illegal options and Simon Henry is on record to being of the opinion that none of the Shell share circa £550 million or so would ever get into the legitimate hands of the Nigerian Treasury. So arranging kickbacks per se is ok it seems, as a means to our business ends, as long as we in New Shell do not personally pocket any of the dirty money.

Anyway folks am I alone in thinking the condemnation of Robinson is a bit too convenient, a deflection perhaps to the role of an individual although senior, who was well away from the heady surrounds of the corporate Hague, a rather convenient fall guy, honest it wis’nae us Guv, it wis our brother in arms that bad egg Peter.

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