The Waugh Zone November 23, 2016

He’s been called ‘Spreadsheet Phil’ (for his love of figures), ‘Big Phil’ (a nickname ingeniously devised by former spad Paul Stephenson to sex up his boss’s image, but was really a joke about Brazil manager Phil Scolari) and even Box Office Phil (by one broadcaster who was offered him instead of a more senior Cabinet Minister back in early coalition days, and exclaimed: “Oh God, not Box Office Phil, please….”). The FT has a lovely line today that Hammond is “the type of man who wears suits on aeroplanes”. No polo shirt, Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja for him.

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