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No silver spoon in my mouth

I refer to my letter, Backwoodsman of the PFS (Money Marketing, May 5) and Mr Barnett’s rather emotional response. I empathise with his sad personal circumstances and at no point did I question his or any other person’s integrity or honesty.

My argument was simply that the AFPC should be the absolute minimum standard to be attained to represent the PFS on its website.

With this said, I need to correct Mr Barnett’s interpretation of the pomposity and portentousness of myself as an ex-Sofa member. He appears to place me in the classic stereotype of a privileged individual born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I am the son of two post-war immigrants, and was brought up on a council estate. Having failed my 11-plus I persevered through secondary modern and went on to a complete a degree at a traditional university. I completed my two chartered examinations and have nine one-twelfth credits at AFPC.

During this period, despite an acrimonious divorce and crippling divorce settlement, I set up a non-indemnity-based brokerage which offers a traditional non-indemnity commission route and a fee menu. I have no problem communicating with clients across every social class, ethnic group and religion.

Mr Barnett, as a Mensa member, should have no difficulty in surpassing my meagre achievements.

Finally, I would ask all those that felt offended by my defence of both the PFS and John Ellis, what other profession would permit individuals to practise with two multi-guess papers and a three-hour copying exercise and award themselves designatory letters which are there only to misled the public ?

I rest my case.

Filip Slipaczek


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