The only time I saw Russell Brand perform was some twenty years ago. He was brilliant. I had not heard of him but more knowledgeable media insiders hired him to add spice to the Edinburgh Television Festival. That national treasure, Sir David Attenborough, was in the audience and laughed so hard I was worried he might be taken ill.

I first became aware of Bernard Looney about the same time through friends at BP. Looney was one of the so-called “Turtle” aides trained up by the legendary BP CEO John Browne. Most of them have gone on to top corporate careers.