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The art of coalition leadership

It’s a remarkable coincidence but ministers in the new coalition government have selected paintings to adorn their offices from the government art collection to the value of £250,000 – that’s almost exactly the value of the Financial Service Authority’s art collection at Canary Wharf, when back in the noughties, Lending Strategy used the Freedom of Information Act to find out how much of readers’ money had been squandered on fripperies rather than on regulation or financial capability.

Arguably the value of the FSA collection has gone up since then, which is more than be said for the regulated housing and mortgage market under its watch, but that’s another story.

Apropos ministers’ art choices, also revealed under the Freedom of Information Act, the most interesting belongs to George Osborne. It’s a frieze by transvestite artist Grayson Perry. Called Print for politicians, it shows a world torn apart by prejudice. Given what the chancellor has in store for us, something depicting bread queues and soup kitchens might be more appropriate.


Grenville Turner

Master of business

Grenville Turner, chief executive of Countrywide, has a reputation for turning around businesses in tough times. It’s no wonder then that the downturn has not been a hurdle to making the financial arm grow its market share 21 months running


Five members of the Moneyspinners team get ready for a gruelling 600-mile bike ride Can you put the boot into your nearest and dearest to win this delectable bottle of bubbly? In addition, competition sponsor Tiuta will donate £100 to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Submit a witty caption for the photo above and you will […]

Kevin Duffy

Brokers’ petition on dual pricing gets brush-off from government

Brokers were last week pleased that their voice had at least been heard despite the government rejecting their petition calling for a ban on dual pricing. The petition was signed by 2,046 brokers and had been submitted two months ago by Ronnie B Financial. In its response the government says pricing, terms and conditions of […]


The time for self-pity is over

I think everybody would agree that mortgage brokers have had it rough over the last few years.

UK: mid-year review and outlook

By Mark Martin, manager of the Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund, and Scott MacLennan, manager of the Neptune UK Opportunities Fund H1 2014• Equity markets continued to show strength: despite a strong rally in 2013 driven by a market-wide re-rating, equity markets continued to generate positive returns for investors. Economic activity continued to be stimulated […]


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