UK: THE DAVIDSON INTERVIEW - BRIAN STAPLES.

UK: THE DAVIDSON INTERVIEW - BRIAN STAPLES. - Fancy offices in Mayfair and fat-cat rewards for executives have hit the headlines rather more than the success of United Utilities' chief executive in pushing the privatised utility into the FTSE Top 50. Som

Fancy offices in Mayfair and fat-cat rewards for executives have hit the headlines rather more than the success of United Utilities' chief executive in pushing the privatised utility into the FTSE Top 50. Some, writes Andrew Davidson, say this is the result of political naivety in an inexperienced manager.

For Brian Staples, chief executive of United Utilities, the general election cannot come soon enough. He knows the result he would like, too: a Labour victory, please, a nice spell in opposition for the Conservatives, and an end to the antics of publicity-hungry politicians and eager journalists doing all sorts of things outside UU's offices and AGMs.

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