Damaged Goods: The Inside Story of Sir Philip Green by Oliver Shah – review


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All mouth and dodgy trousers … how the king of high street retail became the unacceptable face of capitalism

As Sir Philip Green climbed the steps of his private jet last week to fly to London from his Arizona weight-loss facility after completing his self-declared attempt to shed nine pounds, a particular detail troubled me.

Forget for a moment the allegations of racism, sexual harassment and bullying the 66-year-old billionaire retail magnate this year tried to suppress with non‑disclosure agreements. Green has rejected claims of abusive behaviour and insisted “there was never any intent to be offensive”. Ignore, too, that Labour peer Peter Hain last month used parliamentary privilege to get around a legal injunction and identify the Arcadia boss whom MPs accused of “corporate raiding” and “asset-stripping” as the man behind those allegations.

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