Thursday, 5 August 2010

Trafigura: Claude Dauphin’s Use of “Creative”

Much has been made of the following few words from an email sent by James McNicol in December 2005 to Trafigura colleagues:


At this time Trafigura didn’t know how they could treat the coker naphtha from PMI nor how they could dispose of the waste.

We all know what happened to the waste and now, looking back, many read Dauphin’s “creative” and see the green light being given for illegal or barely legal or simply unethical methods to be considered.

These many may be correct but I’m not sure.  I don’t know.  I can’t know.

“[C]reative” itself is neutral and has no value attached to it in terms of legality: the value is attached by others.

Too many see the outcome, look back and assert a particular meaning which fits with their interpretation of events.  This is fitting facts to a pre-ordained story. 

Both sides are guilty.  I’m probably guilty too.

These acts hinder the search for truth.

Perhaps truth is not what is sought.

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