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Obviously, no one messes with the Treasury select committee these days but the Diary would like to get one thing straight – we think it is IFAs, Mr McFall, not iffers. No one wants to point the finger but the Diary believes McFall was the chief mispronunciation culprit. Not to be outdone, Labour MP Angela Eagle continued her criticism of iffy practices in the iffer sector. If in doubt, repeat after the Diary – I F A.

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