William Bain, a Labour member, pressed Read on whether the company would live up to its commitment to keep 20 percent of the R&D workforce in the U.K. for at least five years. “Why on Earth should we believe you?” Bain asked.
“I am a man of my word,” Read said. “Pfizer is a company of its word.”Mr. Bain, if I were you, I would ask for some sort of financial guarantee. But I'm a sneaky, suspicious sort.