City Spy: Gatwick bosses’ ‘snub’ upsets expansion foes

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They claim Gatwick bosses are turning a deaf ear to their interests while spending a small fortune on schmoozing the great and the good in the capital.

Opponents say the airport’s representatives have been notable by their absence at a series of local community meetings whereas the MPs of such nearby constituencies as Reigate and Mole Valley — Crispin Blunt and Sir Paul Beresford — have attended.

Yet Gatwick was happy to sponsor political blogger Guido Fawkes’ 10th birthday party last week at the Institute of Directors in London, when the venue was bathed in Gatwick-branded turquoise lighting.

Big cheeses from London have also been asked to a fancy Christmas drinks at the Victoria & Albert Museum on December 1, but local councillors from the Gatwick area do not appear to have got their invitations.

And in what could be an awkward snag, Gatwick’s bash clashes with Heathrow’s festive drinks party. Whoops!

A Gatwick spokesman said: “We regularly engage with the local community, and have met with over 30 local groups and representatives over the past three months alone.

Invitations for our December event have been sent to more than 50 local representatives including MPs and councillors from local county, district and parish councils.”

Aviva’s Mark Wilson going cuckoo

Aviva boss Mark Wilson likes his clocks. Unveiling the first set of numbers under his watch last March, he said: “We need to be simple and as predictable as a Swiss clock. That is my promise.”

Later that year, he mused: “At the start of the year I said we wanted Aviva to be as predictable as a Swiss clock. At this stage, we’re not quite a precision instrument, but we’re getting there.”

Hacks rolled their eyes yesterday as he added: “You’ve heard me talk about the predictability of a Swiss watch I want Aviva to have… the clock needs winding up more.” Only time will tell if he can come up with a new soundbite.

Business sceptical on The Apprentice

Staggering news: 76% of business people don’t believe Lord Sugar’s The Apprentice is a “realistic” depiction of business life, according to a new survey.

Does that means that 24% do, and that they’re sending psychopathically ambitious half-wits out on pointless tasks to show a complete lack of business acumen?

Spy’s favourite contestant was Stuart “The Brand” Baggs from 2010: “I’m not a one-trick pony. I’m not a 10-trick pony. I’ve got a field of ponies waiting to literally run towards this job.”

Lord Sugar thought differently, however, and gave him the finger of doom.

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November 1, 2014 |
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