'I your commission will forthwith dispatch' (Hamlet, Act III, sc iii)

"The lady protests too much, methinks." This quotation has been either ascribed or applied to many characters in history, from Trotsky to Prime Minister Vajpayee of India, ever since Shakespeare made Hamlet's mum, Queen Gertrude, say it in Act III, sc ii. The message, of course, is that those making vociferous explanations often have hidden reasons for doing so.

One of the rumours going the rounds throughout my years spent as a small insurance broker was that the building societies were

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