Sir Ken Morrison in ‘bullshit’ attack on supermarket boss

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Sir Ken Morrison tells Morrisons' boss: “I have something like 1,000 bullocks and, having listened to your presentation, Dalton, you’ve got a lot more bullshit than me.”
Sir Ken Morrison tells Morrisons' boss: “I have something like 1,000 bullocks and, having listened to your presentation, Dalton, you’ve got a lot more bullshit than me.”
Sir Ken Morrison, the outspoken former chairman of Morrisons, has launched a stinging attack on the retailer’s boss Dalton Philips, describing his strategy for the recovery of the troubled business as “bullshit”.

Speaking at the supermarket’s annual general meeting yesterday (June 5), Morrison listened to Philips’ presentation before slamming the strategy in language couched in terms of his hobby farming business.

“When I left work and started working as a hobby, I chose to raise cattle,”​ said the 82-year old, multi-millionaire Morrison. “I have something like 1,000 bullocks and, having listened to your presentation, Dalton, you’ve got a lot more bullshit than me.”

‘You’ve got a lot more bullshit than me’

The attack drew loud applause from the hundreds of shareholders who attended the agm at the retailer’s Bradford headquarters.

Morrisons lost £176M last year, as shoppers deserted its stores for discount outlets such as Lidl and Aldi. The retailer is investing £1bn in price cuts over the next three years in a bid to battle the discounters, while opening convenience stores and developing its online offer.

Morrison’s tirade crowned a week of bad news​ for the retailer. The bad news included: press reports of up to 2,000 job cuts, the announcement of chairman Sir Ian Gibson’s decision to step down and the ruling that it had breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice by overcharging suppliers.

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Three cheers for Sir Ken

Posted by Peter Crolla,

We must applaud Sir Ken. He has a lot of B.S. but he is not afraid to admit it, unlike many others at Morrisons. I wonder why he chose to raise cattle? I reckon they resemble the employees he used to exploit in his time of power.

Morrisons used to be the 'Pride of the North'. Nowadays, no one would ever see Morrisons as a Pride of anything. I left Morrisons and I have never looked back. I am glad that I voted with my feet and I now shop at a better retailer.

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