One of the more embarrassing elements of the recent (*) political debacle in the UK is that it turns out that Liz Truss has the same accountancy qualification as I do. To be honest, she is by no means the first example I have come across of a member of my institute who was useless, but it's annoying nonetheless. Perhaps a joke will help:
A young accountant, newly qualified, applies for a job he sees advertised. He is interviewed by the owner of a small business who has built it up from scratch.
"I need someone with an accounting qualification," says the man, "but mainly I'm looking for someone to do my worrying for me."
"How do you mean?" says the accountant.
"I have lots of things to worry about, but I want someone else to worry about money matters."
"OK," says the accountant. "How much are you offering?"
"You can start on seventy-five thousand," says the owner.
"Seventy-five thousand pounds! How can a business like this afford to pay so much?"
"That," says the man, "is your first worry."
* or perhaps ongoing