From The Independent’s Barrie Clement.

A man who has allowed himself to be described as “the best advertising copywriter that ever lived” has offered to resign over a speech in which he described female colleagues as “crap”.

Neil French, a 61-year-old “roving creative consultant” for the global advertising and marketing company WPP, was asked why women were under-represented among the ranks of senior creative directors at advertising agencies. Known for opinions delivered with a degree of brutality, Mr French responded: “They’re crap.”