That is the only way to describe Solid Energy's actions in hiring a private investigation firm to plant spies in the Save Happy Valley campaign. It's also the only way to describe Solid Energy CEO Don Elder's reaction of "so what?" and his claim that his company's actions have been "legal, ethical and moral". The last two are simply laughable; as for the first, s4 (1) (c) of the State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986 requires Solid Energy to be
an organisation that exhibits a sense of social responsibility by having regard to the interests of the community in which it operates.
Socially responsible businesses do not spy on the community they serve. Neither do they attempt to undermine the democratic right of citizens to protest and criticise their actions. I would expect SOE's, as publicly owned bodies, to show special regard for this. Unfortunately, it seems that in the case of Solid Energy, its managers have forgotten who they are managing it for. It's time they were reminded. Heads should roll over this, starting with that of Dr Elder. And if the board of directors is unwilling to do it, then the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises should get directors who are.