"We could be pretty unpopular"

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Next to the infamous Scotsman newspaper placard from 1991, which named him 'The most hated accountant in Britain', David Tweedie keeps a large empty space on his wall. "That's for 'Europe' and 'The World' when I get them," he explains.

As head of the UK Accounting Standards Board, he was responsible from 1990–2000 for improving the country's accounting rules after a spate of scandals, including Robert Maxwell's abuse of employee pension funds and the Polly Peck fraud. It was Tweedie's efforts

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