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Out of context: “It wasn’t quite a stapler throwing moment”

“It wasn’t quite a stapler throwing moment”

John McTernan, a former aide to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, recalls his boss’s angry reaction to Lord Turner’s 2005 report into pensions was more muted than other reported outbursts.

“Let’s face it, the fire brigade isn’t coming.”

Conservative MP Guy Opperman abandons his fire safety instructions at a conference after realising the room is full of journalists, bankers and politicians.

“With them the charge is all tied up in the bubble of the wrap platform – hey, bubble wrap – ha!”

The Lang Cat principal Mark Polson is in pun-tastic mood.

“I think that’s what they call genes.”

MRM PR Emma Evans notes her mum’s dry response to the fact that Emma’s young daughter is “quite strong-willed”.



De Vere Group in Asia expansion with dual acquisition

The De Vere Group has acquired two adviser groups in Hong Kong and China as part of what it says will be a sustained expansion into the Asia region. The firm has bought Hong Kong-based IFA firm Precision Group Asia and China-based investment adviser Elite, both for undisclosed sums. De Vere says it expects demand […]


Phoenix and Admin Re merger collapses

Phoenix Life’s proposed takeover of closed life insurer Admin Re has collapsed after the two parties failed to agree terms. In July, closed-book life consolidation vehicle Phoenix confirmed it was early stage talks with Admin Re, a subsidiary of Swiss Re, about a possible £3bn merger. However, in a joint statement issued yesterday the companies […]


Lloyds says MMR could lead to fewer mortgage products

The mortgage market review could lead to fewer products as lenders look to simply their ranges, according to Lloyds Banking Group home and lifestyle director Stephen Noakes. Speaking at the annual Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Mortgage Industry Conference and Exhibition last week, Noakes said lenders could look to simplify their ranges when most non-advised sales […]


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