Monday, January 03, 2005

I happen to be reading Guess who's coming to Chequers? Pop stars and tobacco bosses and started thinking of whom I would like to invite to dinner.
The Chequers: official dinner engagements (8 June 2001-April 2003) include:
Michael Ball - singer
William Birtles - lawyer, partner of Patricia Hewitt
Sue Birtwistle - TV producer, wife of Sir Richard Eyre
Adele Blakeborough - social entrepreneur
Paul Boateng - minister
Edward de Bono - business guru
Alison Brimelow - chief executive of Patent Office
Trevor Brooking - former England footballer
Jim Capaldi - rock star
Anna Capaldi - campaigner
Bill Connor - union boss
Robin Cook - ex minister
James Cracknell - rower
Gavyn Davies - former chair of BBC
Alice Deen - fashion PR
Alain-Dominique Perrin - tycoon
Sir Richard Eyre - former head of National Theatre
William Farish - US ambassador
Clara Furse - Stock Exchange chief
Geri Halliwell - pop singer
Ian Hargreaves - journalism professor
Patricia Hewitt - minister
Robert Hill - Australian minister
Lord Hollick - former boss of Express Newspapers
Ken Hom - chef Sir Ken Jackson - union leader
Lord Janner - Labour peer
Tessa Jowell - minister
Bill Kenwright - theatre/football boss
Dominic Lawson - editor of Sunday Telegraph
Terry Leahy - Tesco boss
Lord Lloyd Webber - theatre boss
Sir David Manning - UK ambassador in Washington
Cathy McGowan - Sixties TV presenter
David Mills - husband of Tessa Jowell
Rosa Monckton - wife of Dominic Lawson
Estelle Morris - former minister
Sue Nye - Gordon Brown's chief of staff
Des O'Connor - singer
Esther Rantzen - TV presenter
Sir Stephen Redgrave - rower
Marjorie Scardino - boss of Financial Times publisher Pearson
Albert Scardino - Guardian executive editor
Jenny Seagrove - actress
Lord Simon - former boss of BP
Mark Studer - barrister friend of Blair’s
Tessa Tennant - ethical investor
Lord Thomas - Labour peer
Sir Andrew Turnbull - cabinet secretary
Jodie Wilson - actress
David Yelland - former Sun editor
I was surprised to find Sue Nye Gordon Brown's chief of staff on the list but those on the list I'd like to meet were Trevor Brooking, Robin Cook, James Cracknell, Gavyn Davies, Sir Stephen Redgrave, Albert Scardino and David Yelland.
Those not on the list that I would invite would be John Simpson (BBC foreign Affairs Editor), Nelson Mandela, Booby Robson (Former Newcastle United Manager), ill & Hillary Clinton, Martin Bell, Muhammad Ali, Andrew Marr, Greg Dyke, Michael Buerk, Desmond Tutu, Menzies Campbell, Mo Mowlam, Bono, David Steel, Shirley Williams and Paddy Ashdown.
There are probably others but I can think of them at the moment.

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