DIARY: Guest speaker Davies makes an economic prediction you can bank on

The PR industry’s cricketing die-hards were out in force last Wednesday evening for the annual Lord Taverners Eve of Test dinner.

The PR industry’s cricketing die-hards were out in force last Wednesday

evening for the annual Lord Taverners Eve of Test dinner.



Among the publicerati there to pay their respects to the venerable

Yorkshireman Dickie Bird, who was due to umpire his final test the

following day, were Peter Gummer, David Wynne-Morgan, Anthony Wreford,

John Fingleton, James Maxwell, and Roddy Dewe.



Bird proved to be a hugely entertaining speaker and was given a standing

ovation.



He was followed by the deputy governor of the Bank of England, Howard

Davies, who, as a Lancashireman, indulged in plenty of gratuitous

Yorkshire baiting in return.



He also showed a nice line in irreverence towards his table companion,

Chancellor of the Exchequer Ken Clarke, with tales of his ‘ringside seat

at the Ken and Eddie show’ every month.



‘Sadly, Eddie couldn’t be here this evening,’ continued Davies. ‘He’s at

home sticking pins in an effigy of Ken.’



Spurred on by the guffaws from the crowd Davies went on to tell them not

to worry because in a couple of years it will be the Gordon and Eddie

show.’



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