Diary: Burson-Marsteller boss gives written proof that he’s a man of few words

This year’s summer party season has begun in earnest for the public affairs community.

This year’s summer party season has begun in earnest for the public

affairs community.



Last Wednesday, political party animals had the choice of Westminster

Strategy’s do in Dean’s Yard or GPC’s reception in Inigo Jones’

magnificent Banqueting House on Whitehall. Perhaps the most exclusive

option was a bash held by Burson-Marsteller’s UK chairman, Nigel

Whittaker, in honour of Political Context director, Tim Clement-Jones,

who was made a working peer two weeks ago.



Whittaker, who greeted around 80 guests in his plush Marylebone flat,

declined to make a formal speech for his former Kingfisher colleague,

preferring instead to hand out sheets of paper printed with celebratory

words. Whittaker’s eulogy reads: ’I increasingly dislike making speeches

at parties, particularly (at) my own. So tonight there will be none. Tim

is a remarkable man, and I am rightly jealous of his talents. Here is a

man who rises at five, goes to bed after midnight, and effervesces

non-stop in between. His finest attribute is that he has the boredom

threshold of a flea’



Clement-Jones, who joins the Lib Dem benches in the Lords later this

summer, was delighted with the party. ’It was absolutely superb. We were

up until the wee hours of morning,’ he told me.



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