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CHRIS Thatcher, meanwhile, needs no such trappings to empower him. He concluded his year as president of the NAHT with an impressive display of rank-pulling at the heads' union's conference in Jersey last week.

Planning a late supper with some guests at the conference hotel, he was miffed to find himself turned away on the grounds that the kitchens were about to hut down This was, after all, half an hour before the restaurant's closing time.

Not easily rebuffed, Chris immediately called for the manageress - no doubt to remind her just how much money the conference was bringing the establishment.

Within 30 minutes, the table was laid, food was on the plates and Chris and friends were tucking into a good, if belated, feed.

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