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A shiny new logo is not enough to offer effective regulation

Can I have the job of designing the new financial services regulator’s logo please? I reckon it’s got to be worth £1m at least.

And will the new organisation be in the same building too? OK, so let’s get this straight – same staff, same desks, new name.

Of course, I hope it doesn’t end up this way or it will be a huge waste of money that ends up protecting nobody.

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