Dear Reader,

Behold The Raft of the Medusa, by Gericault –

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This, dear Reader, is how you want people to imagine your place of employment, after last week’s announcement by the New Broom.

For is not your workplace a wreckage, cast adrift upon the roiling seas? Are your colleagues not lolling limply around you, green of face, possibly on the verge of resorting to cannibalism? While you yourself, dear Reader – is that not you I see, having scrambled to the very top of the pile of bodies, bravely waving your hanky at a passing, though most likely indifferent, ship?

This, dear Reader, is the tragic image you must convey to the outside world.

On no account, dear Reader, must you say that your redundancy was voluntary.

This is Rule No. 1.

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