Tesco Boss Philip Clarke: I feel 'bloody great'

The MT Interview: Tesco boss Philip Clarke has weathered profit warnings, the horsemeat scandal, a £1bn defeat in the US market and still come up smiling. Where next?

by Chris Blackhurst

Whenever I wanted to meet the former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy, I had to trek from London to Cheshunt in Hertfordshire to the company's headquarters.

Leahy would delight in asking about my journey and how long it had taken, making it plain he had little truck with the capital, preferring to be based in the outer London suburbs, among the people, his people, in supermarketland.

'Cheshunt is more like the UK than St James's Square,' was a familiar jibe, delivered in his trademark deadpan manner and aimed at corporations that choose to base themselves among the bright lights and glitzy addresses of central London.

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