sell it like it is Do you, like Lai See, have a soft spot for whiny corporate governance columns and ambitious US state attorneys general crusading for the 'little investor' and their future political careers? Well, aren't we wimps. For there is an investor school of thought out there that holds that 'corporate governance is the sell-slip'. It appears to have a recent convert in global media baron Rupert Murdoch. On Friday he found himself beset by investors at BSkyB's annual general meeting, in particular over the appointment of his 30 year-old son James as the company's new chairman. 'You have an arrogance and an indifference to shareholders that is appalling,' AFP quoted one investor as telling Mr Murdoch. But the Mur-dog bit back: 'If you don't believe in us or our results, you should just sell your shares.' ALL IN A DAY's WORK Lai See was amused last Friday by an advertorial in a certain other local English-language paper concerning the launch of Cathay's new inflight e-mail service. We use the words 'launch' and 'new' advisedly because the service actually debuted in September. To demonstrate the service journalists were bundled on a flight and filed their articles from '39,000 feet above the East China Sea'. It would seem that a short hop to, say, Taipei would have provided ample time for Cathay's joy-riding journalists to type in space. Instead Cathay flew them to Seoul - a four-hour flight. Then it turned around and flew them back, making for eight hours in the air. Maybe it takes some reporters that long to write a short article.