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Burgess’ double standards were breathtaking to me

From Andrew Weir

I hope I’m not alone in my feelings on this subject but I feel compelled to a recent article (Mortgage Strategy December 18) in which the double standards displayed by Simon Burgess were breathtaking.

On one hand he talks about spending 750,000 on his home as his most expensive ever purchase, and somewhere close to this on a convertible Bentley as a second car for his wife which is all fine, but then goes on to decry the “devastating greed” shown by some in our industry.

He also laments over how upset he becomes when “ordinary people” can’t afford a proper Christmas celebration due to their personal circumstances but how on Christmas Day, after dealing with the claims of 11 of his clients who have just been made redundant, he and his family all go swimming in the sea and round the day off relaxing with a drink of champagne.

Surely Burgess was putting forward these views with his tongue firmly in his cheek.

If not, then maybe it’s just as well that your extremely informative magazine is reserved mostly for trade eyes, and is not for the perusal of his “ordinary” clients whose policies have provided him with the means to enjoy a standard of living which they can apparently only dream about.

Andrew Weir
Sole trader


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