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In my latter years as a senior manager in Diageo the management culture had effectively changed from Irish and Scottish to English dominated. Managers who had spent decades working for what they believed to be the best interests of the company were dismissed as dead wood to be replaced by English "young turks" good at PowerPoint presentations but little else.
What had been a production and quality dominated management ethos become dominated by a marketing ethos where facts mattered little and we started selling "consumer experiences" rather than quality drinks - perhaps best exemplified by the alcopops boom.
IT systems which had a demonstrated track record of delivering huge benefits in a production environment where replaced by "vapourware" which operated only on powerpoint - at a cost of millions. I finally resigned on principle after one such episode although there were also personal factors driving my decision.
But it left me with an abiding impression of a UK management culture dominated by the marketing of simplistic illusions rather than the complexities of making sophisticated products or managing complex processes.
Cameron always struck me as the epitome of that genre: probably a nice enough bloke, personable and charming if he wanted to be, and with an ability to sell oil to the Arabs. But don't ever put him in charge of a complex negotiation or governmental reform.
And yet compared to the current lot, he was probably an intellectual giant!
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