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•”We do not employ boffins here, we&#39re 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&#39s Ronald Reagan.” – Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary David Willetts on sitting on stage during Oliver Letwin&#39s 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&#39s 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.

Any Out of Contexts or Diary stories? Send them to Diary editor Alison Bone, email: or tel: 0207 943 8037


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