Mark Dampier (MM, October 18) should stick to the facts. My argument was that there was nothing in the Hargreaves-Lansdowne direct discounting broking marketing material to indicate that HL did any substantial research worthy of the name in that area of its business.
Having falsely accused me of reaching that conclusion on the basis of second-hand media reports, Mr Dampier now changes tack to talk about HL's award-winning stockbroking business – to which no reference was made or intended.
As awards in financial services have all the credence of degrees from American based “universities of life” Mr Dampier's sleight of hand may look impressive but remains a fundamental deception.
Given Mr Dampier's predilection for avoiding the argument I shall not be phoning HL, lest the call be misinterpreted as harassment.
Philip R Thomas
Thomas Financial Planning, St Helens