Simon English: Comedian turned company man

Outlook: Chris Addison is the annoying insurance salesman who appears in those adverts for Direct Line.

Mr Addison used to be a comedian, and still likes to dabble with jokes in his spare time.

One wonders whether he knew that Direct Line was owned by Royal Bank of Scotland, which is owned by us, before he signed up. Did he realise he was becoming a civil servant and a company man all at the same time?

Now Direct Line has been fined for forgery, there's a case for being told what he is paid by the bank and possibly demanding it back.

At the very least, his gigs must be heckled without mercy. He's playing Milton Keynes next week. We should picket it. See if he's really got a sense of humour.

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