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“No, I do not think financial advisers or IFAs are pers-ecuted any more than other small business people but we need to speak more strongly with one voice and I see this happening through Aifa and Sofa. They are starting to have more clout but we are living in a American-ised blame culture.”

Graham Shields, ABS Financial Planning

“Yes, I would say feeling within the industry is like that. IFAs definitely do feel they are being attacked.”

Aboulfazl Heidarpour, ABH Investments & Pensions

“I do not think they are particularly going after IFAs, they are just going after the industry as a whole.”

Chris Clare, Invest and Protect Financial Management

“I think victimised is a bit strong a word but we have not had a fair crack of the whip. There is something different about IFAs from your average financial adviser and I think that needs to be pushed.”

Simon Punchard Hamill Dale & Co

“Yes. It is a whole attitude that individual investors cannot take personal responsibility. We live in a blame culture.”

Chris Stanley,Kenley Financial Management

“Yes. Bureaucracy and legislation can be overwhelming and it has not been made easy.”

Chris Firminger, |C V Firminger & Co

“No. IFAs have been victims but I do not think the political elite has gone after them on purpose. They just do not know what they are doing or understand what the public wants.”

Nick Partington, Applewood Associates

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