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A tragedy of classic proportions
Monday, August 3, 1998
LONDON - A third day of testimony into the Millargate affair has
prompted a British lawmaker to describe the events at British Biotech plc as a
Unfortunately, select committee member Nigel Beard did not reveal which
play he had in mind. Nevertheless, many of the dramatic elements that make up Elizabethan
tragedy have appeared in the charges and counter-charges leveled in Millargate: revenge,
attempted usurpation, treachery and the fall from grace partly as a result of flaws in the
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