`Cedrics' survive high on the hog

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CEDRIC, THE pig that came to symbolise the worst excesses of boardroom fat-cat pay culture, is alive and well. The 200lb sow became famous after she was used in a protest at a British Gas annual meeting in 1996. She was named after the company's chief executive, Cedric Brown, who was being paid pounds 475,000.

As the Government today introduces the Bill it hopes will curb excessively generous remuneration packages, Cedric was basking in the sun on a farm in east London. She once faced the chop after being wrongly deemed to be barren but was rescued by the GMB union and used as a symbol of the protest against burgeoning boardroom wages.

Teigh O'Neill, who works at the Mudchute Park and Farm, said: "She's still going strong, although she's getting old and has a bit of arthritis. She's had three or four litters and one of her offspring is a little male piglet who is also called Cedric. I don't think she is worried by the Government's new plans."

The real Cedric Brown, 64, is also faring well. He retired from British Gas in 1996 but stayed as a consultant and was recently made non-executive chairman of Atlantic Caspian Resources, an oil company.

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