Bitter pill

Given the year we\'ve had, nobody was expecting a barrel of laughs at the Council of Mortgage Lenders\' annual conference in central London last week.

The attempt at positive spin with the conference title ‘After the Storm’ fooled nobody, with even guest speakers correcting it to ‘In the Eye of the Storm’.

After a heavy morning session of doom, conference chairman Adam Shaw asked panellists what the audience should take from proceedings.

“Prozac,” one delegate muttered.