If I were a betting man, and I'd lay 2-1 that I'm not, I would probably hold on to my money rather than take a chance that the FSA will finally get its authority in 2001.
It has already taken more than two years to get this far and the end of the road still seems to be a long way off.
Despite all of the Gov ern ment's attempts to the contrary, IFAs will survive, after all they seem to have a knack of overcoming attempts from upon high to rub them off the scene.
I will finally write a “good news” story about the FSA, to the great wonderment of Jackie Blyth and Andy Flem ing in its press office.
The arrogance of New Labour will finally catch up with them as the Tories narrowly take the lead in the polls and win next spring's general election.
And last but not least, to the great merriment of all my colleagues and contacts within the industry, I will leave your fine country and go back home to Canada.