This is in the City Diary section of today's Times:
IN THE normally dull world of accountancy, rebellion stirs. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is trying to ram through a merger with two other bodies, CIPFA, which specialises in the public sector, and CIMA, which represents management accountants.
The latter has already fallen by the wayside, and its arrival has had to be delayed. Members of the ICAEW are up in arms, in so far as an accountant can be said to express so strong an emotion. There is a website devoted to stopping the merger. There are calls for resignations, demands for a vote and talk of forming a breakaway institute.
The Welsh are particularly unruly. An informal poll suggests an 11-to-1 stand there against the merger. “When will the ICAEW council realise that this proposal is fatally holed below the water line?” asks one rebel. The ICAEW had no comment to make.
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