Why Chester-Perry's broke the habits of a lifetime
to appoint an outsider and a female, in strip
Strip 10201 was published in the Evening
Standard in May 1998
to a top job in management is a great mystery. Maybe the firm is finally
waking up the changes in society since 1960. Unfortunately we
never found out anything about her. She had no name, was never seen
and had no contact with Bristow, who became known as the "man left
out in the cold". He was still there of course, "working"
in the Buying Department but he never met his boss. In the good old
days when Fudge was in charge, Bristow was always being hauled over
the coals for his laziness, stupidity or inefficiency. Fudge always
had a great pile of papers ready to be dumped on Bristow's desk if he
thought Bristow had insufficient work. But what was going on with the
LCB? Who kept on top of Bristow? Where did he get his work from? He
used to do little enough before. Had it all gone to Jones? Or was there
been a fundamental re-organisation that cut the Buying Department out
of the system and left it in office limbo?
The great innovation does not last. Fudge returns (demoted?)
to take charge after Barbiedoll goes to America, marries, and never
comes back. Ever since then (Year 2000 in real terms) he has been Chief
Buyer and in that position he will surely see out his days.