Penny Black's Insurance Week - 4 February 2016

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To emphasise the work put in to move the broking industry ‘lightyears into the future’ at the launch of the British Insurance Brokers’ Association 2016 manifesto, chairman Lord Hunt compared the trade body’s CEO and executive director – Steve White and Graeme Trudgill – to the iconic Star Wars double act Han Solo and Chewbacca, zooming around the market in their Millennium Falcon.

But who’s who? Trudgill was quick off the mark on Twitter to bagsy the charismatic Solo, which presumably leaves White as the hairy, cantankerous Wookie. Not exactly a role he’d claim to be born to play, one is sure. The Biba boss’s retort that the veteran Conservative politician must, in that case, be the Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi, however, that was met with a few sly digs by certain cynical wags in attendance at the Houses of Parliament reception – with Penny hearing a few mentions of other character being suggested for various members of the insurance and political fraternity, including Yoda and Emperor Palpatine...   

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