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Perhaps it is time to be shot of remuneration committees and remuneration consultants, which drag us through the pretence that the truckloads of money handed to the executives of listed companies every year is the outcome of a scrupulous scientific exercise.

So finely tuned is this exercise, which invariably involves two or three external “independent” consulting firms, that only the most truculent of socialists would challenge its outcome. To do so is nothing less than to challenge the entire edifice of the free market system, and to ignore the fact that the top executives fully determine the value of a company...

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