Quotes of the week

"If a witness wears a Shirley Bassey wig and make-up, how am I to determine that witness is credible?"

– William Taylor QC, lawyer for the two Lockerbie suspects when the prosecution asked if key witnesses such as CIA agents could give their testimony in disguise. The judge, Lord Sutherland, rejected the request.

"All I know about Pandas is that they are very hard to mate."

– John Pike, Stephenson Harwood's chief executive, on the rumours – which he categorically denies – of a merger with Clyde & Co, reported as being codenamed "Project Panda".