Punch-up after the main course.

CII dinners are formal, dignified occasions, or so you might think.

At the Northampton institute centenary dinner last week, the drinks were flowing and – somewhat more worryingly – fists were flying too.

The police had to be called to sort out the incident, which, rumour has it, involved two insurance executives. Presumably they were arguing about the finer points of the market cycle. And they say insurance is boring ...