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The Philip Fisher column

The world is overrun with blogs and tweets. While they serve a purpose, this column is something slightly different. You will not find out what the author had for breakfast or the colour of the socks he is wearing. You will not be pestered with tedious listings of every film, book, play etc that your correspondent has ever seen or his latest success or otherwise on the golf links.

What readers have come to expect from a writer who has been associated with AccountingWEB almost from its inception are objective but on occasion quite possibly opinionated articles about topics that might be of interest to accountants as people. The intention is to be simultaneously challenging, thought-provoking and entertaining.

Since the writer is a partner in the Human Capital team at BDO LLP these columns will frequently take on issues relating to taxation, business and government policy. For light entertainment, he is also London Editor of British Theatre Guide so there will be plenty of hints and tips about what to see and not to see.

He also regularly writes about technology for London Accountant and almost anything else under the sun for a variety of publications so there are always going to be odd surprises in store. Travel, art, books, theatre, sports and consumer issues are all likely to receive consideration in coming months - but so are taxation issues, thoughts on the latest technology and, inevitably, the activities of the Chancellor and HMRC.

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The press has not painted Jeremy Corbyn in a favourable light but perhaps his advent may not be all bad for accountants?


One has to feel sorry for Sir David Hare who almost joined a local firm at the age of 15 but stepped away at the last minute.

In Sussex half a century ago, a Scottish lady named Mrs Hare attempted to line up her young son David for articles with a local firm.


We are all becoming victims of Unwise Government policies, unscrupulous fundraisers and dishonest sales practices.

The latest scandal, in which an octogenarian with dementia lost £35,000 having tried to help charities, should make us all stop and think.


Accountants are notoriously prone to overworking. Now, research suggests that this could be fatal.

Last Thursday’s Guardian could not have put the risks more succinctly.


The Edinburgh Festival is in full flow so here are some ideas for shows to see. Even if you can’t head north before the end of the month, many of them could reach your town soon.


If you hadn’t heard of double entry bookkeeping, it would be easy to imagine that everyone loses money at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Coming up North in August is a licence to lose vast sums of money.


Am I the only person who thinks that selling the country's RBS shares at a significant loss is totally irresponsible?


About 20 years ago, I gave up trying to find things to do in August and accepted the French tradition of going away.

Nothing in the ensuing period has suggested that spending the eighth month of the year in London would serve any purpose.


The latest financial scandal rocking Japan could come back to haunt the accounting profession.

After Enron, everybody said it couldn’t happen again. In Japan a few years back, Olympus also managed to rig their accounts without anybody noticing. 


The Greek debt crisis has been hitting headlines for months now and most of us have probably been ignoring it.

The problem with what might otherwise seem a sensible strategy is that it might herald an economic disaster for us all.