'Clearly The Brats took the point that having a director on the board who'd previously been disqualified from serving as a director could cause us grief at the IPO,' adds Ed, 'now the thing is to make Bob unemployable in this industry, because I don't want him popping up again causing trouble. People couldn't care less about a mere 12 months disqualification over a decade ago, that's not going to prevent him getting a job, so this has got to be made to look really bad for Bob.'
A couple of days later, the diary entry reads: 'I've figured out a way to make sure Bob will never get another job in the industry. I'm going to action the plan tomorrow.'
Next day's entry reads: 'Called the marketing vp in this morning. He's the biggest gossip in the company, probably in the industry. We talked markets, sales figures that sort of thing until I super-casually mentioned Bob's leaving the board.'
'"Yes I heard," replied the marketing vp, "couldn't understand it myself. Why?"'
'"Strictly entre nous?" I ask.'
'"Absolutely", replied the marketing vp, "lips sealed, totally schtumm."'
'That means it'll be all over the industry by the end of the week,' I reckon.
'I told the marketing vp: "Look there's not much that's unforgivable in this industry: bribery, lying, chicanery, deception and fraud are all forgotten and forgiven after a while, but there's one thing that puts a man totally beyond the pale".'
'The marketing vp is all agog.'
'"Pensions", I tell the marketing vp, "if you mess around with the pension fund you affect everyone in the company. It's the one unforgivable sin".'
'"And Bob . . . .?"'
'I nod, then shake my head sadly. "I can't imagine what possessed him", I say.'
'The marketing vp can't wait to get out to share his newly acquired secret,' writes Ed.
'That's stuffed Bob,' Ed confides to his diary, 'roll on my $25 mill.'