Diary: GPC offers equal opportunities in economy seats

News reaches me that GPC staff went to Barcelona for the lobbying agency’s annual bonding and brainstorming session late last week.

News reaches me that GPC staff went to Barcelona for the lobbying

agency’s annual bonding and brainstorming session late last week.



A hot freebie, you might think. As did GPC staffers, no doubt, until a

rumour spread that, while outgoing managing director John Dickie and

chairman Sir Ian Wrigglesworth would be flying club class from Heathrow,

the rest of the agency had been relegated to an Easyjet flight from

Luton.



However, contrary to popular belief, Dickie and Wrigglesworth will

indeed be slumming it with the riff raff. ’I can confirm I shall be in

economy and eating the same mediocre food as everyone else. There’ll be

no champagne in club class for us,’ Dickie tells me.



But GPC’s 30-odd staff will be flying from different airports.

Explaining why some are flying from Luton and some from Heathrow, Dickie

says: ’The reason is not one of status but a conscious decision, just in

case.’ A plane crash is the last thing that could happen but for a man

who has shed a third of his staff in the last year, this may not be as

paranoid as it appears.



I wonder whether, had GPC not lost client BA to Brunswick last year,

staffers might all have had the chance to fly club class anyway.



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