Inspired by this story, and the tsunami of headlines that followed it, we launched our Public Affairs supplement contributors into a little fantasy. With a yacht of their own moored in the Med and the ability to invite anyone, alive or dead, what would their dream guest list be?
Brad Staples, CEO, Europe, Middle East and Africa of APCO
‘Yachts are very last year. I’d prefer to hit the Brecon Jazz Festival with Ken Clarke’
Simon Nayyar, managing director, Citigate Dewe Rogerson Public Policy
‘Robert Peston, Damian Green, and their respective Government moles’.
Geoff Beattie, head of global practices at Cohn & Wolfe
Steven Chu, the Nobel physicist and now Obama’s energy secretary, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Al Gore.’
Andrew Silverman and Fergus Wylie, partner and managing partner, Kreab Gavin Anderson
Aneurin Bevan (Health Minister in the post war Labour Government and father of the NHS), Alan Clark (a controversial figure who spanned the Thatcher/Major Governments), John Lennon, Bill Clinton, and George Soros – a man who knows a thing or two about the economic cycle
Tanya Joseph, managing director of UK public affairs, Grayling
Josh Lyman (from the West Wing), Malcolm Tucker (the Government PR man in The Thick of It), Carmella Soprano and Harry Redknapp.
Helen Johnson, founder, Helen Johnson Consulting
King Charles II, astonomer Carl Sagan, runner Paula Radcliffe and Bon Jovi guitarist Ritchie Sambora.
Richard Patient, managing director of Indigo
My wife and my daughter. Oh, and Boris too, he is a laugh.
Jonny Popper, co-founder and director, London Communications Agency
I am a Formula One nut, so I’m afraid it would be Bernie Ecclestone, Frank Williams, Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher. Not a Ken or Boris in sight!
Graham MacMillan, chief executive, Open Road
Barack Obama, Ken Clarke, Vladimir Putin, FT columnists Lucy Kellaway and Martin Wolf, financier George Soros, Time columnist Joe Klein, Nicolas Sarkozy and, of course, Keira Knightley.
Henry Goodwin, consultant, TLG
Entertainment before politics: Heston Blumenthal, Kings of Leon, Boris Johnson and actress/model Victoria Silvstedt.