Friday, 27 June 2014
I attended a recent Question Time event in London, run by Insurance Age and sponsored by Axa. It was a pleasant and interesting evening and, indeed, the following buffet and the choices of wine weren’t too bad either.
Inevitably a question was asked of the panel and Amanda Blanc in particular about commission disclosure. I think one could say that the panel claimed to be open minded in relation to this issue, however, the audience seemed largely unpersuaded about the comparisons and analogies used to argue that such a move might be the right way forward.
Alas, the most incongruous comment of the evening came from Steve White, of BIBA, who ventured the opinion that because the German ministries of Justice and Consumer Affairs had recently merged, thus changing German attitudes on the matter, commission disclosure would ultimately become inevitable. Eh?
Personally I am moderately pro Europe, but on this occasion I was caused to wonder why one can never find a Farage when you need one?
This is a bit like saying that because the manufacturers of Messerschitts and Heinkels have merge, therefore we would have to give up our Spitfires.
As Maggie would have said… NO!