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Lies, damned lies and statistics

I was interested by Peter Richardson&#39s request to know if anyone has statistics on the money-laundering rules. While I am quite in accord with his views, I would like to bring his attention to the ad that recently ran on television which made it clear that the majority of statistics are made up on the spot.

To corroborate that, look at the FSA&#39s latest effort to undermine consumer confidence in our market document “To switch or not to switch”.

Was the person who drafted that document actually qualified to give transfer advice to members of the public?

Geoffrey Coker

King&#39s Lynn, Norfolk

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