Diary: After-dinner Badger is a tough act to swallow

Some gala dinners can be quite a strain on the old constitution - chewy chicken, stringy beef, gamey salmon with unsympathetic wines to match, so Diary's not quite sure if the nation's corporate digestion will be aided by the news that The Apprentice runner-up Ruth Badger is now available for after-dinner speaking. Agency JLA says that she has "extraordinary self-belief". That much was evident from her strident TV performances, but is the Badger baiting a stricken audience with her no-nonsense, flushed-face bluntness a reward or punishment - wouldn't they rather have a Rennie?

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