It is not only in the boardroom that we aristos are fighting our well-bred rearguard action. Toady has it from Harpers and Queen that the Season, too, is staging a comeback. With fewer pounds to spend and a 12-seater Ascot box costing 13,000 of them, corporate entertainers are no longer beanfeasting those vulgarians - dubbed "carphonies" by Harpers - whose curious vowels rent the air in the 80s. "They were pretty boorish," sniffs Lord Bradford in a recent issue, "but that's more or less a thing of the past". Where 60 people (sic) were squeezed into corporate chalets five years ago, 20 now take their slippered ease: less champagne is drunk but - like its drinkers - it is of a better quality. Lesser periodicals (The Economist, the FT) use Big Macs and Mars Bars to measure economic activity. Toady suggests Krug 79 as a more meaningful indicator of the national well-being.
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Lessons from Emperor Diocletian, a US computer giant and a British bank.
We've made progress when it comes to improving diversity, but the UK's approach to inclusion shows that it just isn't working.
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