The Apprentice UK

Whenever I am depressed or afflicted by self-doubt (quite often as I don't seem to be able to make a decent living), I cheer myself up with the BBC's version of the American TV show, The Apprentice. At least, I console myself, I am neither as stupid, nor as arrogant as those idiots. The other week one of the teams had to throw away three batches of beer because the team member responsible couldn't do the sort of sum which any 8-year-old should be capable of.

But then I sink into the Slough of Despond as I contemplate what a terrible impression it must be giving the rest of the world about British business. Sadly, having worked for a number of people who were as stupid and arrogant as the contestants on that programme, I'm not even sure that it gives a distorted impression. 

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