It was Wooding's letter to this magazine that prompted Max Clifford to challenge the industry to the debate (PRWeek, 10 Feb 2006).
Diary can now end the rumour mill's grind: Wooding was indeed banned from attending - by his boss, Blanc & Otus MD Simon Glazer.
'I think a senior account director up against Max would have been a little one-sided, so I was protecting him,' Glazer tells us. 'Max is a skilled orator. Our work and his are from different ends of the PR spectrum.'
As we reported last week, Wooding was disappointed he couldn't attend, but enjoyed his evening watching a horse-loving Daniel Radcliffe in Equus.
Presumably, then, when Wooding asked if he could attend the Ethics Debate, Glazer's response was a simple 'neigh'?