POSTED APRIL 17 2009
Curious goings-on on at JLA, the up-market after-dinner speaking agency favoured by moonlighting politicians and celebrities. Andrew Marr, until recently one of the firm's most-advertised clients, appears to have vanished from their online brochure.
"Yes," observes Marr when Pandora calls. "There was a bit of a kerfuffle about certain more well-known BBC figures doing things that could be seen to be commercial like that. Personally, I've got no problem doing the speaking so long as I don't breach any rules on impartiality or endorsements.
"But since I only do a very small number of things – I'm really so busy filming – we agreed that I shouldn't be advertised online. I didn't realise I was still up there until a friend raised the issue so I rang them up and they kindly removed me."
How considerate! Pandora simply cannot fathom why they were so reluctant to explain that themselves. So far we've been met by an eerie silence at every turn.