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MS columnists should stop pointing the finger at Brown

Is your publication a political magazine? Do you take backhanders from disgruntled Tories? I read Mortgage Strategy most weeks and during the property boom that lined the pockets of many of your columnists, I didn’t see a regular spot to hail former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

I see current PM Gordon Brown’s name in print in the magazine more often than I do in my daily newspaper. Edeus managing director Alan Cleary declares that Laurel and Hardy are running the country (Mortgage Strategy September 8). Thank heavens he’s not in politics because I’ve dealt with his firm in the past.

Consumers must take some blame for overstretching themselves and lenders should not delude themselves that they have a licence to print money.

I am 33 and do not have a mortgage yet as I cannot afford one. I also don’t lend money to complete strangers with no evidence of earnings. Experts should get their own houses in order before they start playing the blame game.

Claire Poland

Financial services supervisor




Market grapples with Lehmans’ demise

In last week’s column I said I thought there would be worse to come before we saw signs of a recovery, but little did I know that a major US bank was about to go down the tubes and HBOS would be swallowed by Lloyds TSB.

Lloyds TSB must recognise its power says AMI

Chris Cummings, director-general of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries has welcomed the merger of HBOS and Lloyds TSB but says it must now recognise its power as the leader of the pack.

Ratings agencies in the spotlight

The International Organisation of Securities Commissions is seeking a global regulatory approach to monitoring the activities of ratings agencies based on its code of conduct. A taskforce will review adherence to the code and report back in January.

King offers no solace to the industry

When Sir Howard Davis was top dog at the Financial Services Authority between 1997 and 2003 he liked to describe his role as then chancellor Gordon Brown’s representative on earth.

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White paper — In Focus: Ebola Virus Disease

Jelf Employee Benefits focuses on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and what this means for businesses with operations in West Africa. This will be of particular interest to those with employees either travelling to, or living within, West Africa, the area affected by the most catastrophic outbreak of Ebola to date.


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