Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by Vicky
I think Lilian is being unfair to Pat, Tom and Tony. If she wants them
to treat Justin like family then she should admit he didn't behave
that way, he behaved as a ruthless business man. Family would not
have taken advantage of Tom's inexperience in business bargaining.
Not sure, what you seem to be suggesting is a "win - no loss"
situation for Tom.
It was alright for Tom, because he was inexperienced, to try and
get Justin to up his offer by going outside the family when Matt
suggested he could get more for the land elsewhere.
If he did get more -"win" for Tom. If as happened he didn't, it was
back to Justin who because they are family said "Hello Tom, what, you
weren't successful in getting a better offer for your land. I'm sorry
to hear that, as we are going to be family (I wonder about that)
here's the million pound you rejected previously"
"No loss" for Tom.
Life very rarely works like that.
I'm surprised at how stupid the Bridge Farm lot are being. Why did
they not just sit down and say "You know what, we were never really
overly keen on selling the land, but were swayed by the thought of a
million quid. Why don't we just keep the land and forget the
no-longer million quid and, who knows, in the future we might get a
Of course, the answer is "Because it's in the script". Someone has
thought up a stupid storyline and we're expected to believe that a
farming family are going to agree to flog their land off at below
market value because a businessman waved money at them.
If they really wanted to maximise the return, they could have applied
for speculative planning permission themselves and then sold the land
at auction. That would rattle Justin enough to have a decent family