Congratulations are in order for the director general of the Associa-tion of British Insurers. Not because the government has boosted spending on flood defences, nor has it agreed that genetic testing can be used to assess health risks.

The reason is that Mary Francis is getting married. And who is the lucky fella? None other than Financial Times news editor Ian Rodger. Backchat hopes the FT doesn't have to run any bad news stories about our august trade body and that Chinese Walls can exist in the home as well as at work.