There is the oft-repeated quote of a US president, apparently frustrated by his economic advisers’ failure to provide clear or bold answers. “Give me a one-handed economist,” he is said to have demanded, complaining about how his economists would hedge their views with “on the one hand”, followed by “on the other”. 

It’s hard to imagine how frustrated he would be if he was around today and dealing with, not economists, but accountants and lawyers. What would he make of the latest scandalous headlines involving sugar producer Tongaat Hulett?

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