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"You cannot expect a Government to come in and after six months get everything wrong." – Labour housing minister Hilary Armstrong failing to get the Mandelson PR spin quite right.

"Merry Xmas…you&#39re sacked." – Daily Record&#39s blunt comment on Britannia Life&#39s decision to axe 260 jobs.

"If I say anything about Britannia Life, I will have parts of my anatomy chopped off." – KPMG principal consultant John Jenkins referring to his financial-strength report.

"I am me, I am definitely me." – Churchill Investments director Mark Dampier searching for his identity after losing his voice.

"If you are a widow, or I mean wife – whoops, Freudian slip." – Commercial Union pensions marketing technical director Iain Oliver.

"Simply Leaving."- Axa Sun Life staff renaming Simply Leaders, the moniker for a staff conference.

"I never thought I&#39d get to go out with two page five girls". – Roy McDonald, group development manager, BHSF Health Cash Plans, commenting on the Money Marketing New Product Review.

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