I have the greatest sympathy for the family of Charlie Bell, the Chief Executive of McDonalds who died on Sunday of cancer of the colon at the age of 43. That is a tragically young age for a man who should have had a great future. It is all the more saddening because it follows the death from a heart attack of his predecessor, Jim Cantalupo, who died aged 60 last April. It may seem distasteful to mention this, but you can’t help wondering if the premature deaths of these two men are related to their product. In American business circles you often hear companies say that they should "eat their own dogfood". I wonder if that is advice that the senior executives of McDonalds would do better to ignore.
"To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune… to lose both seems like carelessness." The Importance of Being Ernest, Oscar Wilde