Who said it?

'I only ever have to remember two phrases, which I can use whenever I am stuck for an answer to a question.'

Last Updated: 22 Nov 2010
Japanese justice minister Minoru Yanagida has been describing exactly what makes his job so easy. You could say he was channelling the honest spirit of Gerald Ratner, the jewellery CEO who famously described his products as 'crap', adding that they were  'cheaper than an M&S prawn sandwich but probably wouldn't last as long'.

But Yanagida should have learnt from Ratner that while such honesty is admirable, it really can affect your career. He has now resigned.

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