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While thousands of elderly people died unnecessarily in old folks homes, Matt Hancock was dishing out multi-£Million taxpayer funded [PPE] contracts to his pub landlord mate, his horsey friend, his sister’s company and the brother of his mistress. Why isn’t he in the jail? Ragged Trousered Philanderer, tweet 7th December 2002
An agreement cannot be the result of an imposition. Nestor Kirchner
Rule of Acquisition 17: A contract is a contract is a contract, but only between Ferengi. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s4e25: Body Parts, Rom to Quark
In honourable dealing you should consider what you intended, not what you said or thought. Marcus Tullius Cicero
We have a contract of depravity. All we have to do is pull a blind down. The Hustler 1961 starring Paul Newman & Jackie Gleason & Piper Laurie & George C Scott & Myron McCormick & Murray Hamilton & Stefan Gierasch et al, director Robert Rossen, her story
The contract – it’s me. The Destructors aka The Marseilles Contract 1974 starring Michael Caine & Anthony Quinn & James Mason & Maurice Ronet & Alexandra Stewart & Maureen Kerwin & Catherin Rouvel & Marcel Bozzuffi et al, director Robert Parrish, Caine to Quinn
A contract is a contract – that’s what we’re fighting for. Catch 22 1970 Starring Alan Arkin & Martin Balsam & Richard Benjamin & Arthur Garfunkel & Jack Gilford & Anthony Perkins & Martin Sheen & Jon Voight & Orson Welles & Buck Henry & Bob Newhart & Paula Prentiss et al, director Mike Nichols, Colonel
We look at the businesses and businessmen looking to take over our public services ... A handful of companies are set to make a fortune out of the spending cuts. Dispatches: Britain’s Secret Fat Cats, Channel 4 2011
Ordinary people are feeling the squeeze, but not the men whose companies are taking over the public sector. ibid.
We’re handing over significant chunks of our public services to private companies. And we the taxpayer are paying for those services. But we have absolutely no say in what those companies pay to their chief executives. ibid.
The truth is shareholders have shown little appetite in holding companies to account over the amounts they pay their chief executives. ibid.
Questions have been raised about the process by which some outsourcing companies are awarded contracts. They often hire former government employees to work for them. ibid.
Power is shifting – not to individuals, but to big business. ibid.
Pirates – most of whom were quietly under rob, pillage and plunder contracts to the English government in return for 50%. James Burke, Connections s2e10: Deja Vu, BBC 1994
A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Samuel Goldwyn, attributed and probable misquotation
I wish to be cremated. One tenth of my ashes shall be given to my agent, as written in our contract. Groucho Marx
I’ve never believed in tying myself up in a long-range contract, and I've been very outspoken on that subject. Sugar Ray Leonard
I shall fulfil my contract, no more no less. Lillie Langtree
The law has outgrown its primitive stage of formalism when the precise word was the sovereign talisman, and every slip was fatal. It takes a broader view to-day. A promise may be lacking, and yet the whole writing may be ‘instinct with an obligation’, imperfectly expressed. If that is so, there is a contract. Benjamin Cardozo, Wood v Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, 222 NY 88, 91; 118 NE 214 1917
It seems to me that whenever circumstances arise in the ordinary business of life in which, if two persons were ordinarily honest and careful, the one of them would make a promise to the other, it may properly be inferred that both of them understood that such a promise was given and accepted. Lord Esher MR ex parte Ford 1885 LR16 QBD 307; 55 LJ QB 407
Sport, and Wolves have announced today that Tommy Docherty is to leave them after completing his three-day contract. Spitting Image s1e11, ITV 1984
A contract of eternal bond of love,
Confirmed by the mutual joinder of your hands,
Attested by the hold close of lips,
Strengthened by interchangement of your rings,
And all the ceremony of this compact
Sealed in my function, by my testimony. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night V I @145
They’ve been asked to sign a contract for one billion years. World in Action: The Shrinking World of L Ron Hubbard, ITV 1968
They need to discuss your new contract. Holiday pay, benefits, etc. Killing Eve s3e4: Still Got It, overseer, BBC 2020
He [Khashoggi] told Lockheed that the only way to win the [arms] deal was to bribe the Saudi government. Ten years later in a Senate investigation Lockheed’s chairman admitted what had happened. Stirling told the British government they would have to do the same as the Americans: pay commission to their agents in King Faisal’s entourage. If they didn’t, Britain would lose the deal. In December 1965 the Saudis announced they would buy the British planes: the bribes had worked. It was the biggest export deal in Britain’s history. And King Faisal came on a state visit to celebrate it. It was also the beginning of the modern arms trade with the Middle East which has grown to dominate Britain’s economy. And from it also came a much wider commercial relationship with Saudi Arabia. Adam Curtis, The Mayfair Set I: Who Pays Wins ***** Channel 4 1999
UK government accused of ‘chumocracy’ in handing out virus contracts. Bangkok Post online article 7 July 2021