I am the very model of a special purpose vehicle

Margaret Woods

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Purpose – This paper aims to provide a critical comment on complex funding systems.
Design/methodology/approach – This is a critical comment written in the form of a poem. The poem is in the style of the English light opera composers Gilbert and Sullivan, and is a variation on their song “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General”, from The Pirates of Penzance.
Findings - The poem spotlights financial failure.
Originality/value - The poem spotlights the crazy names and poor transparency of special purpose vehicles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346
Number of pages1
JournalAccounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


  • special purpose vehicle
  • balance sheets
  • financing
  • regulation


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