Could Backchat be among the first to offer a warm welcome to Stephen Haddrill. Rest assured the new director general of the ABI will always find a spot on our back page when merited.

While on that subject, Backchat hears a little rumour about the induction regime at the industry's premier trade body.

Turns out that along with being given a posh new business card and finding out where the tea bags are kept, newcomers to the ABI (not all from the Treasury you understand, Haddrill was latterly at the DTI), are being given a two week 'introduction to insurance' course.

One would hope that it is followed up with improved and intermediated courses.