Monty Python has a lot to answer for, says former KPMG man Lord Sharman. He believes the men from the flying circus did more than others to tarnish, with the b-word, the image of accountancy 30 years ago. He argues it offers individuals a unique combination of responsibility and personal freedom. ‘The Monty Python sketch has a lot to answer for,’ he recently told a weekly magazine, ‘Management Today’. Would he go and do it all over again? Not quite, confided Sharman, who like many accountancy entrants 40 years ago did not go to university. ‘I’d get myself a good degree in an analytical subject like history or politics (not accountancy!) and follow that up with an MBA. Then I’d be ready to conquer the world.’
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