TS graced the City last week where we bid a fond farewell to the Tax Titan – better known as John Whiting.
Over a few civilised drinks at a Gutter Lane restaurant – well, fairly civilised – financial hacks chewed the fiscal fat with John one last time before he takes up his new role at the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
Now John’s always one for a good yarn and, true to form, he regaled his guests with a story about Coopers & Lybrand trying to have the Gutter Lane moniker changed to Cooper Lane when it had an office there.
The City fathers hit back with a no-nonsense retort, suggesting Coopers should change its name to fit their new digs. ‘I don’t quite know what clients would have thought about PricewaterhouseGutters,’ John quipped. TS wouldn’t expect anything less in the sardonic stakes from the man who coined the phrase ‘revenue-neutral strait jacket’.
Happy trails John.
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