It wouldn't surprise Backchat if the levels of divorce were slightly higher in insurance than other industries - if comments made last week are anything to go by.

Anthony Hilton, financial editor of the Evening Standard, while chairing the Profitable Business Growth conference, suggested that the dangers of mergers and acquisitions were like those found in the holy union between a man and a woman. "You tend to only find out about the other partner when it's too late," he quipped.

Backchat wonders whether the appeal of acquisition and mergers will lessen as a result of his comments.