If you are saying that you would rather have a more profitable business than a less profitable one, then I think most people, including me, would agree. That wasn't my point.We clearly have very different view on what type of businesses we would like to be in, you dont like luxury products or businesses where you can charge what the customer is willing to pay rather than a cost plus pricing strategy. Me, i would much rather be Apple where i can charge whatever the customer is willing to pay, (or LVMH et al) than a steel manufacturer.
I have no knowledge of what sweatshops he might or might not have used, so not sure what backing you have for that allegation?
and saving Aston Martin from the 8th bankruptcy which would have been guaranteed with AP in charge doesnt account for anything?
I'm very happy that we still live in a world where a person that has worked hard can chose how he spends his money and what projects are important to him, rather having some woke mob deciding what will make the world better and how he should be spending his hard earned money.
and as a side note, i'm not defending him, only the principle that he can do whatever he wants, as long as it is legal, with his own money. If Society wants something else then change the rules, And so far his investment in AML has been highly profitable.
and i will defend the principle, that you have the right to your view, however much i might disagree with it
In assessing what business to be in, one criterion is profitability, but another is whether the product or service has any inherent value. Can you take pride in what you do? That matters to some of us. Porsche have a what-the-customer-is-willing-to-pay business model, but in their case the products are unique, well made, and very good value-for-money. The same cannot be said for fashionable t-shirts.
As for sweatshops, I specifically inserted 'as reported' after finding several sources that made the allegation that TH, along with many other named companies, have their crappy overpriced clothing manufactured there.
Stroll and his pals sold TH a number of years ago, when sweatshop conditions were even worse than they are today. From the period when Stroll owned it there are articles in such reputable sources as the NY Times stating that TH was one of the companies that exploited workers in places such as Bangladesh and Ethiopia. So, no, I have not been a direct witness to Stroll's business model having been based on the illegal exploitation of poor people, but credible people have said so and I wrote that they had said so. I can't prove it myself, but I believe it.
Stroll et al. may have 'saved Aston Martin from the 8th bankruptcy', but I don't see why that matters. He 'saved' it not out of mercy, sentimentality, or for philanthropic reasons, but only because he thought he could make money out of it. For that reason, the operative verb should be 'bought', not 'saved'. If the assets were worth 'saving', somebody else would have bought them if he had not.
Yes, I too am happy to live in a world where people can choose how to spend their money (not sure how 'hard' Stroll has worked for his, but that's not the issue).
Just as we live in a world in which people can choose how to spend their money, we live in a world in which people can choose how to judge the behaviour of others. Any person who has elected to make him- or herself a public figure is fair game for public comment, and my comment is that Lawrence Stroll behaves like a bully and an ass and Formula One, and the world more generally, are the worse for it.
Stroll is the male version of a stage mother. He has put his son (who seems like a decent kid and is a very talented young driver) in an impossible position, piled immense pressure on him, and insured that, whatever Lance may end up achieving, there will always be questions about whether the boy earned it. He should want his son to be respected, not joked about behind his back.
The copying of the W10 was a lamentable lowering of the standards of the sport (I appreciate that plenty of other people over the years have lowered them in their own ways, but that doesn't make it right). Then for Stroll to put himself in front of the cameras and huff and puff indignantly about how he's not a cheat, blah, blah, blah, was a perfect example of the guy's narcissism. He's just obnoxious.