Here are some notable quotes I’ve picked up over the week:

Sir John Major

Picking up an award at the The Oldie of the Year Awards lunch at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand earlier this week, Sir John Major joshed: “I hadn’t realised I was qualified for this Oldie award until I was woken up during lunch. It is a very odd thing, age. Your perspectives change, sometimes your opinions change – actually almost everything changes – usually heading southwards. There was a time when life expectancy was 25, it’s now over 80 and rising, and, with transplants, we may never die, and the Chancellor’s fiscal predictions will go to hell in a handcart and he will be hoping for a little more ill health.”

Prince Charles

Prince Charles visiting Somerset this week was asked by a reporter whether the Environment Agency had not done enough. Quick as a flash and word-perfect, our future King replied: “You might very well think that; I couldn’t possibly comment.”

Jack Straw

Veteran politician Jack Straw has announced his retirement after 40 years in parliament. Reflecting on Labour’s record, immigration and Edward Snowden, he said: ‘I don’t often think I’m really bad at anything’.

Vince Cable

Vince Cable said the greater stability offered by Britain’s established financial system and regulation would tempt the bank [RBS] to move its base to England. He said: “I think if you were managing RBS you would almost certainly want to be in a domicile where your bank is protected against the risk of collapse,” Cable told a panel of lawmakers. I think they already have a substantial amount of their management in London and I would have thought that inevitably they would become a London bank.”

Shane Warne

Former Australian spin bowler Shane Warne leapt to Kevin Petersen’s defence, calling the decision [by the ECB to sack England’s best player] a disgrace: “I also just heard the sad news re KP that he has played his last game for England, to me it’s a disgrace & a joke! The ECB is in a shambles”.

Brian McDermott

The Leeds United manager Brian McDermott who returned to the club’s training ground on Monday morning just days after it appeared he had been sacked, said. “I got a phone call to say my contract was to be terminated, I was to receive a letter, and that was it. I still haven’t received it. We came into Saturday, I got a phone call… I saw the statement that I was back as Leeds manager for the first time on my iPad, which was interesting.”

David C

David Cameron, on the outcome of September’s Scottish independence referendum, said: It’s still up in the air”. Pro-union campaigners have seven months to save the most extraordinary country in history.”


Martin Pollins

Managing Director at One Smart Place
Martin Pollins is a Chartered Accountant and MBA with wide experience in corporate finance and business management. He has served on the boards of several companies, including those listed on the London Stock Exchange, AIM and OFEX. He is Chairman and Founder of OneSmartPlace and was a Council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales from 1988 to 1996. He was managing partner of PRB Martin Pollins, based in Sussex, the first Accountancy firm to advertise on British television.He went on to create and launch the CharterGroup Partnership (the UK’s first Accountancy network) and then LawGroup UK (at the time, one of the largest networks of lawyers in the UK). In recent years, he helped to raise several £millions to fund British films such as The Da Vinci Code, Bridge of San Luis Rey, Head in the Clouds and Merchant of Venice with actors such as Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, F. Murray Abraham. Kathy Bates, Gabriel Byrne, Geraldine Chaplin, Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou, Penélope Cruz, Steven Berkoff, Lynn Collins, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes and many more.

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