DIARY: Never mind there’s a country to run, we’re off to the M&C shindig

What a glittering array was on show at the Saatchi Gallery last week - and we don’t mean Charles’s collection of modern art.

What a glittering array was on show at the Saatchi Gallery last week -

and we don’t mean Charles’s collection of modern art.



We mean the 1,700 guests who tipped up to toast M&C Saatchi’s first full

year in operation, which, all things considered, hasn’t been a bad old

year (what with landing pounds 150 million worth of business, assembling

a client list to excite the average new-business director into a nervous

rash and launching a [sort of] global network).



Maurice’s pulling power was in evidence as ever, with such ritzy names

as Lord Hanson, Auberon Waugh, Jonathan Dimbleby, Simon Callow, Alan

Yentob, Joan Bakewell and Evelyn de Rothschild spotted quaffing the

vintage champagne.



But the most impressive stunt was that Maurice had bagged John Major and

the lion’s share of his Cabinet for the evening. Stuff the running of

the country - these guys had a party to go to. North London was teeming

with policemen and a press pack was baying at the doors to Charles’s

gallery, eager to sneak shots of the PM who arrived with Michael

Heseltine, William Waldegrave, Michael Howard, Peter Lilley and John

Patten in tow.



Ever the account man, Maurice delivered a particularly oily speech for

the benefit of all those present, featuring lines such as ‘never has so

much been owed by so many to so few’, and finishing off with the fulsome

W. B. Yeats quote: ‘Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and

say my glory was I had such friends.’



Pity Charles wasn’t there to show his appreciation, too. Or was he?



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