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Asset to his committee?

I cannot believe that anyone in the financial services sector would consider it good news that John McFall is to continue as chairman of the Treasury select committee.

If his knowledge of financial services is evidenced by the question he asked at the recent Fabian Society meeting on the subject of the Politics of Pensions Reform, then the old adage that a little knowledge is dangerous is proven.

Posing a question to Robert Wylie of Scottish Widows, it was abundantly clear that McFall has no understanding of invest- ment asset classes and even less understanding of the commercial world of financial services.

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