Early this year I received a press release that said 1995, according to the Chinese calendar, is the Year of the Pig. This was a good omen for the sender, a company involved in pipeline pigging. Pigs have featured heavily this year for British Gas plc. A live pig and press accusations of piggish behavior enlivened the company's annual meeting May 31. Last December, British Gas increased the salary of Chief Executive Cedric Brown to 475,000/year ($712,500), a 75% pay increase, soon after announcing a program to cut 25,000 jobs (OGJ, Dec. 12, 1994, p. 26). In a public relations stunt, members of the G...

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