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Standard Life group chief executive Sandy Crombie managed to stick his size 10s in his mouth several times at the firm’s post-AGM press conference last week.

He was heckled by one journalist who took offence to Crombie say- ing that Standard’s 13.5-month 2004 financial year was a “a bit Irish”.

Chairman Sir Brian Stewart chided him for being “racist” but, unabashed, Crombie gave us his best Bernard Manning impression, saying of the new reporting regime: “Twin peaks is not Madonna laid on her back.”

Maybe it’s Jordan, eh, or maybe, as one City reporter observed, Crombie should choose his words more tactfully when the insurer floats.

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