Hostilities between WSJ sister-title Money Marketing and former Treasury secretary Mark Hoban were resumed this week.
MM and Hoban haven’t seen eye-to-eye ever since his infamous comment equating pre-RDR IFA qualifications to a diploma offered by McDonald’s.
One MM hack tried for two years to get an interview with Hoban while he was still responsible for annoying IFAs, all to no avail. When he finally managed to get a question to Hoban at an event in 2012, Hoban gave a little chuckle and ducked the issue.
Bypassing Treasury spin-doctors and calling Hoban out of the blue on his mobile without having been given the number by the minister probably didn’t help either.
Said hack is now back in the MM fold and last week attended an event at the Chartered Insurance Institute where Hoban was speaking.
Baited by CII chief executive Sandy Scott about his McDonald’s claim, Hoban said it was only Scott and MM who remembered the story.
Left with little choice but to defend his honour, the journo used the Q&A session after the event to ask whether Hoban regretted likening IFAs to burger flippers. Needless to say Hoban was too smart to open old wounds. How well qualified do you think MPs are? Tweet us @MM_WSJ