DIARY: Cutting out the pomp at opening ceremonies

Peter Brooke MP kindly agreed to wield the scissors and slice the ribbon at the opening of lobbying agency AS Biss’s new offices in Rochester Row last week.

Peter Brooke MP kindly agreed to wield the scissors and slice the

ribbon at the opening of lobbying agency AS Biss’s new offices in

Rochester Row last week.



Brooke, who is the firm’s constituency MP, shattered any pre-conceived

notions the two AS Biss graduate trainees may have held about

politicians by turning up early - 45 minutes early to be precise.



However things soon returned to normal when he announced that he would

be dashing back to the House of Commons - before the party guests

arrived - as he was due to speak about the Finance Bill.



Before leaving, Brooke was held a question and answer session on the

perils of dealing with MPs, and obligingly undertook a ’virtual’

ribbon-cutting ceremony by posing, scissors in hand, for a photo.



Sir Michael Partridge, advisory consultant to AS Biss and a former

permanent secretary, was left to officiate at the real ceremony.



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