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Broker causes controversy on TV game show

A broker with strong opinions made a controversial TV debut last week on Channel 4&#39s latest and nastiest quiz game, Without Prejudice?

The new eight-part Tuesday night show, hosted by Liza Tarbuck, features members of the public who must decide which of five contestants walks off with a £50,000 prize.

Panellists can quiz contestants about their lifestyles. The show is based on the premise that we make up our minds about people within 15 seconds of seeing them.

Dennis Jewitt, a director of Sunderland-based brokerage Regency Mortgages, caused controversy when he declared that gay lifestyles, as practiced by contestant Christopher, were “inherently unnatural,” causing a storm of protest from fellow panellists.

Jewitt is unrepentant. He says: “Of course this is what I think. It&#39s unnatural behaviour. The problem is that the bleeding heart liberals and the gay lobby are trying to normalise it, and doing it very well. If I had said that 20 years ago there would have been no reaction. Despite my views, I do have some gay friends.”

The eventual winner was a white Welsh woman in her mid-40s, although Jewitt doesn&#39t feel any of the contestants were particularly deserving of the prize. He adds: “None of them, in their day-to-day activity, actually did anything for other people, they were all very self-centred.”


CAG closes down

CAG Private Finance, the IFA arm of Countrywide Assured Group, has been closed down, writes Helen McCormick.CAG was formed three years ago and was based in London. Former managing director Roger Curtis and operations director Sharon Onciu have joined Tunbridge Wells-based IFA Columbus.Curtis says: “This is good news all round. We were a minute part […]

Genesis Approved signs two more lenders

Genesis Approved, the intermediary mortgage club of Genesis Home Loans plc, has added two lenders to its direct submission panel, which now comprises 14 mortgage lenders. Genesis Approved members now have access to BuildStore – the leading provider of mortgage products and related services to the self-build and renovation market. BuildLoan from BuildStore is the […]

My mortgage week – Alan Hill

Monday: My week starts at 5.45am. Between now and 9am I&#39ve got to get my three sons ready for school and fit in a few hours revision before my CeMAP Bridge exam at 10am. (The exam was tough but I&#39m pleased to say I passed.) At 1.00 pm I am meeting our architects to discuss […]

Legal & General reduces rate on equity release product

The interest rate charged on Legal & General&#39s equity release mortgage has been reduced from 7.30% to 7.19% (APR 7.6%). The rate is fixed for the life of the loan and interest is added to the loan each month with the total being repayable only when the customer dies or moves out of the property […]

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Infographic — health cash plans 2014

Health Shield has strengthened its position in the cash plan market, according to the latest Laing & Buisson report, increasing its market share by income from £27m in 2012 to £29m in 2013. The Health Cover UK Market Report 2014 revealed that the non-profit-making Friendly Society was the only provider in the top four to have increased its market share by income over the past year. Health Shield was also the only cash plan provider in the top four to have increased its market share by income every year for the previous five years. This infographic presents the figures.


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