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Is the ABI&#39sMary Francis right to tell the Government to keep out ofproduct design?

“Yes. I think it should be left up to the industry members themselves.”

John Sharman, Sharman & Co

“Yes. When you look at Catmarks, stakeholder, IPA and all the ill thought out draft legislation the Government has devised, you realise the Gov-ernment has got it consistently wrong.”

Brian Dennehy, Dennehy, Weller & Company

“Yes, absolutely. I would have more confidence in the Governmentif any of them had actually had a real job.”

Barrie JefferyC&J Independent

“Market forces should dictate what people want, not Governments.”

Steve WhitePall Mall Financial Consultancy

“It is not the Government&#39s place to get involved with product design. They provide the framework but the industry should get on with design.”

Mike Whieldon,Mike Whieldon Financial Services

“Yes. The role of Governments is to set the framework, not to design financial products, no matter how tempting the desire may be.”

Neil Franklin, Franklins Financial Services

“Yes. Overall, she would be right but, with stakeholder, the Government has been lucky. The Government has ach-ieved a great deal for the people they haven&#39t been interested in.”

George Rutt, George Rutt & Co

“She is definitely right. The problem is that when people who don&#39t know what they&#39re doing get involved, they tend to fix one thing and ruin about three others. Stakeholder has been a mess.”

Ivor Sampson,Ivor JT Sampson Financial Services

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