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
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?