Some years ago, at this time of year, I committed the mistake of taking a very senior banker to see A Christmas Carol.
I was on the board of a theatre at the time, and the banker’s wife had expressed an interest in getting involved. Sensing the prospect of a large donation, possible sponsorship and access to their network of wealthy friends (we were impoverished), I invited them both to the Christmas production.
I introduced him to a board colleague and said what his job was. Whereupon my fellow director made the sign of the cross as if he was warding off a vampire. Then, as the play started, I soon realised that references to greedy bankers had been written into the script (it was not long after the banking crisis).
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