Spare a thought for Consolidated Communications' public affairs
boss Ed Vaizey, who had a Christmas break from hell.
His holidays got off to a horrible start over the Christmas weekend when
he fractured two vertebrae in a fall from a horse.
But Vaizey recovered his composure after the riding accident (in time to
attend a boozy New Year pyjama-party at Tory MP and former Carlton PR
head David Cameron's Oxfordshire pad) only to write off his brand new
Merc on the M40 while returning to London the next morning.
'What am I going to do for action now?' asked the tearful lobbyist this
week: 'It was the best chick puller I ever had.'
To add insult to a succession of painful injuries, Vaizey's Harley
Street specialist - selected after the public school toff experienced
the sharp end of NHS care - this week questioned whether his vertebrae
were in fact damaged at all, given the speed of his recovery.
Vaizey said of his fall from the horse: 'As has now happened with a lot
of my friends, the horse moved to the left as I moved to the right'.
A bit like him and his luck.