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A Knight Bachelor of the Realm

Would you mind not looking at me like that all the time. It’s really disturbing. Your lady here is sort of suggesting here I should remember about a board meeting in 20-whatever it was. You are asking me questions that are impossible for me to answer, sorry. I need to get back to work. I’ve been out of work for four weeks. You must have been a mind reader in your previous life. I’m sorry, are we in the same room? I’m not sure we are. Which bit of don’t remember is difficult for you listen to? The wit and words of Sir Philip Green, renowned for his gift for “mental arithmetic, instant assessment of value, fast decision making and simplification of complex business dilemmas… his mastery of detail“, as he was being questioned by a select committee of MPs about the BHS pension deficit on Wednesday. Sir Philip was knighted “for services to the retail industry” in 2006. “We are acclimatising ourselves to a different image of you,” said Frank Field, the only MP in the room whose name Sir Philip appeared capable of remembering.

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Joseph Cotterill
Joseph is the FT’s Southern Africa correspondent based in Johannesburg, after previous stints as private equity correspondent and on the Lex column. But he still writes for Alphaville, which he joined way back in March 2010 — right in the middle of the Greek bailout crisis. He has been very interested in all things credit and sovereign debt ever since…

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