“AND having looked to the government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that feeds them.” — Edmund Burke. Afterwards, the chairperson would ask in his most solicitous manner if there were any complaints we wanted to register with him about any of his employees. This was the moment we usually thanked him for the meeting and quietly took our leave. On one occasion, however, after a particularly troubling year with one of his buyers we made the mistake of yielding to temptation. We told the chairperson that this buyer’s behaviour was often unacceptable, that it demeaned us and let down his own his company. We were thanked for our honesty and assured that our remarks would be treated with the utmost discretion.