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•”Is that for your private collection?” – Conservative Treasury researcher Bob Seely to an MM reporter asking for a photo of Tory MP Stephen O&#39Brien.

•”In some pictures his hair is darker than others. He looks like he has been drinking Grecian 2000.” – Scottish Life head of communications Alasdair Buchanan on head of pension strategy Steve Bee.

•”The majority of my clients think Harrods is downmarket.” – Advisory + Brokerage Services chief executive Gareth Marr.

•”Clip-on ties are coming back in fashion.” -ProAct Legal partner Gareth Fatchett.

•”I&#39ll wear it as long as it&#39s a pretty dress.” – Fatchett yet again.

•”Alas poor CP121, I knew him well. That David Severn he hath a mean and hungry look. But have I come to praise CP166?” – Aifa director general Paul Smee mixes his Hamlet and Julius Caesar

•”There are financial institutions which will try anything once except incest and Morris dancing.” – Smee again.

•”I have never approached anything David Severn has said with a supercilious sniff, except his racing tips and then I was right.” – Smee one more time.

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