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Out of context: Alan Steel

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“The best thing to do would be to have someone shoot all these people and start again” Alan Steel Asset management chairman Alan Steel on diplomatic form when it comes to the FCA “He’s the kind of guy who would have tried to reason with the school bully and got punched in the face anyway” […]

Out of context: CII

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“I’ll batter him until he picks up the phone” Chartered Insurance Institute director of communications David Ross goes to extreme lengths to force the CII’s head of learning Simon Graham into returning an MM hack’s call. “Who’s Andy?” Aviva press officer struggles to recall former Friends Life chief (and new Aviva UK life boss) Andy […]

Out of context: Friends Life

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“I don’t know, I just press the button” A Friends Life press officer can offer no details following a press release announcing the provider’s advice tie-up with Foster Denovo. “Building straw houses isn’t tried and tested because something might huff and puff” Association of Mortgage Intermediaries chief executive Rob Sinclair opens the door to a fairytale […]

Out of context: Jamie Jenkins

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“Then we’d be in a bit of a pickle” Standard Life head of pensions Jamie Jenkins quips about guests to a media briefing being held in the Gherkin in the event of a fire breaking out. “What first attracted you to piloting a multi-million pound reform of business rates in Cheshire East?” Chancellor George Osborne […]

Out of context: Kevin Carr

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“When I get unknown missed calls it’s usually either Money Marketing or PPI misselling” Carr Consulting & Communications managing director Kevin Carr gambles every time he picks up the phone “It sounds like some kind of play pen” F&TRC’s Ian McKenna is confused by the Treasury’s use of the term ‘regulatory sandbox’ in the Budget “My liver couldn’t […]

Out of context: John Lawson

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“No need to go to the Caribbean to find the pirates” Aviva’s John Lawson despairs as a Which? report uncovers a provider offering a platform with a 0.9 per cent charge “I call it F-day – you can choose what the ‘F’ stands for” Aries director Ian Neale is definitely not panicking about the new […]

Out of context: Meerkats

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“We were like a bunch of meerkats” LV= head of retirement products Vanessa Owen describes the moment the FCA published its 2nd line of defence rules “I’m not the expert, I’m just the chief executive” Michael Mercieca of Young Enterprise plays down his skills while filling in for Stephen Stilwell of newly assimilated Personal Finance […]

Out of context: Steve Webb

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“My advice? Stay in bed”A nervous-sounding Steve Webb urges pensioners NOT to try and access their pensions on 6 April 2015. “I’m going down the pub, I think I need a pint…”Informed Choice executive director Nick Bamford provides the most sensible response to Labour’s plans to raid pensions tax allowances. “Can someone give me a […]