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Wriglesworth should get out into the real mortgage world

From Ian Rogers

Regarding a news story in your July 31 edition headlined ‘Potential FTBs save too little for deposits’, you should know that we at Cams had a really good laugh at the piece, especially at the contribution of John Wriglesworth who clearly comes from the planet Zog.

We straw poll our leads for first-time buyers. This is part of the package offered by paaleads.

Our normal conversion rate is around 55%. If they don’t fit Northern Rock’s Together range there’s not much hope for them, as coming across a first-time buyer under the age of 30 with a sufficient deposit is rare.

Most have adverse credit and the main cause of this is the dreaded mobile phone contract that mummy and daddy kindly bought them for Christmas, which usually ends in a billing horror story.

So rather than Wriglesworth making comments such as he does from what would seem to be the comfort of an exclusive gentleman’s club, might I suggest he arms himself with 10 fact-finds, passes CeMAP and takes a look at what it’s really like in the market.

Ian RogersCams

By emailBy Godfrey Furlong

Having just got back from a fortnight’s sailing off Cork I hollered good and loud at the response given by Sue Clarke, head of marketing at new kid on the block lender edeus, to the silly wailings of some vapid fraulein from the organisation Object which apparently railed against the objectification of women in an edeus advertisement.

Surely this is a British, nay English, thing. Being politically correct about women’s legs in stilettos harks back to Victorian times when table legs were draped in floor length tablecloths to shield the offending wooden props from the eyes of lecherous males.

I wonder what would be the comments from Object about a massive poster I saw in Ireland on a hoarding on the Cork City ring-road advertising a stout brewed in that city and making inroads into Guinness’ market share. It showed a pint of the aforementioned beverage being fondly pushed across a bar by a smiling black female of ample proportions and bore the slogan: ‘Have this black and never look back’.

The locals didn’t give it a second thought, and when I mentioned it to a hotel barman his reply was: “You, sir, if I may say, have been living in England too long. Haven’t you got the Thought Police over there? Some fool tried to stop such posters here years ago but the government shut them down for promoting censorship in a free society. When will you all get a grip over there? Have another pint.”

I know where I want to retire to five years from next Friday.

Godfrey FurlongKendal Streete Brokers


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