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Does the revelation that Gordon Brown was warned about the impact of his tax raid on pension funds undermine his challenge for the prime ministership?

Yes 62.5%

No 37.5%

No

“Probably not, I think most people think he is a bit of a weirdo anyway. He doesn’t seem to have a very good public perception, does he?”

Michael Bailey, Bailey Financial Services

Yes

“I certainly hope so. I think he was already on a back foot and this now just weakens his position even more. But there is no one really good enough at the moment.”

Ian Entwistle, Bentley & Co Independent Financial Advisers William Hall, Hall Financial Services

Yes

“It will undermine his challenge and it is definitely not a foregone conclusion that he will become Prime Minister. It comes on the back of a lot of bad decisions.”

Barry Surridge, Corinthian Financial Planning

Yes

“I think it does undermine his challenge for the leadership position.”

Tony Garment, AE Garment Independent Financial Services

Yes

“It has an effect on his credibility. I do think a lot of people will feel his judgement may not be as good as they thought and the pensions issue has been a big concern to many people for a long time.”

John Pidgeon, John S Pidgeon & Co

No

“That has always been an underhanded and devious action on the part of Gordon Brown. The problem is that although many in the industry know that, the public dose not and even if they did I don’t think they would care.”

Simon Jones, Money Works

No

“It is typical of what’s going on. Public opinion will be muted as many struggle to understand what has been done and the long-term ramifications of it.”

Eric Mowinski, Landmark Financial Services

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