Perhaps MM could arrange for a televised/internet debate between SimonChamberlain (Thinc Destini), David Harrison (Positive Solutions) and Paul Tebutt (Millfield). May I suggest Paxman as host/referee? After all there is no boxing on TV anymore. I would imagine that Tebutt and Chamberlain would want to join together as a tag team coming up against the apparently superior business brain of Harrison, who appears to be one of those old-fashioned types who believe that shareholders obtain best value from a profitable organisation. I would agree with the sentiment of the unprofitable tag team that Harrison does not understand their propositions. After all, he has presided over an exponential growth business, producing rising profits over the last five years and adviser numbers increasing from around 20 to approximately 1300 in seven years. How on earth can this be described as “backdated and intellectually bankrupt?” I would imagine that sane, thinking businessmen could never arrive at such a conclusion based upon the facts contained in that public magnifying glass of all businesses, the annual reports and accounts. While profits continue to elude Millfield and Destini, the green eyed, vitriolic comments emerging from Tebbutt and Chamberlain sound just like those from Goliath, the Philistine giant, who taunted the Israelites just before, David (merely a coincidence) the shepherd boy rendered him unconsc- ious with a sling and then proceeded to separate his head from his body of nine feet in dimension with the giant’s own sword. I suppose there may be a surreal parallel in this story with the Millfield partners who have defected to Positive Solutions – the haemorrh- aging has started, Mr Tebbut, if you were conscious, you would feel the steel on your neck. Anyway, back to the debate. I suspect that Tebbutt and Chamberlain would make their excuses and not appear, opting instead to spend time with their families. After all, you get the feeling there would be no profit in a public show of strength for them (not lately a problem) and a certain embarrassment when the proverbial knife in Harrison’s final comment in your headline article last week revealed the results of their unique perception of how the markets have offered good business opportunities over the last few years. “One of the main purposes of a business is to make a profit. Neither of them has any experience of that.” Ouch. Jonathan Thompson Portcullis Financial Planning, (Positive Solutions) Kidderminster
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