The das­tardly Mr Deedes

Daily Mail - - City & Finance -

Noth­ing in the Queen’s birth­day honours for pearly toothed Lloyds chief An­to­nio Horta- Oso­rio, who yearns for a dou­ble tap on the shoul­ders. Ras­cally An­to­nio, 54, should be ad­vised the honours com­mit­tee bods are a prig­gish bunch with me­mories as long as ele­phants’. Gon­g­less Jonathan Fry, 80, for­mer chair­man of Bri­tish oil firm Burmah Cas­trol, blames his lack of knight­hood on a con­ver­sa­tion he once had with the Queen, to whom he’d men­tioned he held a royal war­rant. When she asked what for, he replied: ‘I sup­ply your lu­bri­cants, ma’am.’ HM was not amused.

Sage ex-Bank of Eng­land gov­er­nor Lord King in­vites Coun­try Life to his Kent home for a tour around his new li­brary, which he’s built to house his proud col­lec­tion of 10,000 books. Owlish Merv, 70, says he spends lots of his time in there ‘read­ing and think­ing, writing and talk­ing.’ When not watch­ing Love Is­land, pre­sum­ably.

For­mer WPP boss Sir Martin Sor­rell, who de­parted amid squalid al­le­ga­tions that he used com­pany funds to pay for a pros­ti­tute, had one dogged de­fender at the firm’s lively AGM yes­ter­day. The el­derly share­holder crit­i­cised chair­man Roberto ‘No’ Quarta, 69, for not open­ing with a trib­ute to Sor­rell, 73, whom he said had been forced out over ‘im­ma­te­rial is­sues’. No word on who the fel­low was. Per­haps it was Sir Martin’s much-quoted ‘friend’ who’s been do­ing his bid­ding re­cently.

Who­ever re­places out­go­ing BT boss Gavin Pat­ter­son, 50, will be tak­ing up a poi­soned chal­ice, but there is one mi­nor perk to look for­ward to. BT’s St Paul’s of­fice re­tains an ex­ec­u­tive lift, so there’s no awk­ward chit-chat with the serfs in the morn­ing.

Sulky fash­ion de­signer and busi­ness­woman Stella Mc­Cart­ney en­dured a slob­ber­ing in­ter­view yes­ter­day with odd­ball BBC arts ed­i­tor Will Gom­pertz, dis­cussing, in­ter alia, her new en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly store, her com­mit­ment to em­ploy­ing women as well as cre­at­ing Meghan Markle’s wed­ding gown. Now 46, is im­pec­ca­bly con­nected Stella ripe for a dame­hood? Her fa­ther Paul had to wait un­til he was 54 for his ‘K’, due to his 1980 drug bust in Japan for mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion.

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