DIARY: Did JWT's hiring of the Hamiltons raise staff spirits or just laughs?

When times are tough and an agency is in need of a bit of a morale boost, what better way to inspire the troops than getting in rousing orators to garner a bit of robust esprit de corps?

And there is a seemingly endless line of speakers to call upon. Nelson Mandela? Neil Kinnock? Sir Martin Sorrell? Or what about the ex-US President Bill Clinton?

Such were the luminaries theoretically available to senior J. Walter Thompson management - reportedly amazed that the prospect of a new building was not enough to send the troops into convulsions of delight - as they contemplated the next speakers in their series of master classes designed to inspire staff. But who should they settle on but ... Neil and Christine Hamilton.

Yes, more than one hundred staffers crammed into the agency bar to hear politics' most dogged couple speak about their recent traumas lived out in the national spotlight. "They were generally quite bonkers and a bit silly,

one bemused staffer says. Well, did no-one watch Louis Theroux?


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