”We do not employ boffins here, we're all PR and spin at the ABI.” – ABI head of raising standards Martin Shaw.
”There have been a few changes here so we are working quite hard for once.” – Bell Pottinger PR Paddy Blewer.
”David has got a personality, unlike most compliance officers.” – Mortgage 2000 managing director Sean Hornsby on compliance director David Payne.
”There are quite a lot of big egos in the mortgage industry.” – Alexander Hall chief operating officer Andy Pratt.
”I will be Nancy to Oliver's Ronald Reagan.” – Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary David Willetts on sitting on stage during Oliver Letwin's speech at the Tory conference.
”His office is very simply furnished, just a throne and a prayer mat.” – Jim Gilchrist, formerly of Scottish Life, on Clarkson Hill's Ron Pritchard.
”She may not want to talk to me – I am stalking her.” – NSPCC PR Sarah Brown on the trail of MM features editor.
”The trouble is, if you apply for this job, then you are too mad to be appointed.” – Aifa director general Paul Smee.
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