"Another excellent article which certainly won't gain you popularity with the big 4. We ( Howden ) were told by one of them that they are expecting their cyber consulting income to exceed their audit income with a relatively short time." [Richard Elias - Insurance Expert] "It all seems so obvious. What a strange world we live in." [Godfrey Bloom - Finance Grandee and former MEP] "Excellent, Emile. Eliminate limited liability and prohibit audit firms from any other service." [Patrick Barron - Austrian Economist]
I thoroughly enjoyed your latest missive - why, Oh why are people like yourself not listened to by those in power - or better still why are you yourself not leading us away from the brink ? My personal concern at the moment ( as a close follower of motor industry events) is the potential for another 'sub-prime' type of event when someone realises that practically every vehicle that is sold today is sold on one type or another of finance plan - a Jaguar for 300 pounds a month ,certainly sir what colour would you like ! It will end in tears for sure and the ( already over producing ) motor industry will be sorely challenged . (James Luckes, Chairman of Languedoc Gentlemen's Luncheon Club)
"Your piece is entertaining as ever and food for thought" - (Sid Bright, partner in accounting firm) "If the effects of all this nonsensical gobbledygook were not so serious it would almost be amusing. But it isn't amusing. Keep it up, dear Emile. Keep it up!" (Richard Elias, Insurance Expert)
"Excellent, Emile. You hit the nail on the head!" [Professor Patrick Barron's comment on May 2017 article in "Accountancy"]
"This is the clearest explanation I’ve yet read of disguised inflation, and the distorting effects of suppression of interest rates. These are worrying developments that don’t seem to be covered by the mainstream media, who blandly report low inflation and interest rates without questioning these figures or even understanding the manipulations that give rise to them." (Alex Woolf, distinguished author, commenting on Economic Perspectives 11)
"Excellent article Emile, you made my day" - on "Accounting clarity or clutter"? [Eric Fady, Finance Director, First Names plc]
“Just to say loved the article – excellent” [Sara White - Editor of "Accountancy" Magazine]
“Great piece on the bank crisis.” [Robert Busuulwa, Partner in Accounting Practice, Kampala]
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"Magnificent issue, Emile! Extremely well written and highly persuasive beyond any reasonable challenge"
Donald R Dann, Environmental Expert in Chicago
A terrific piece of work; not the first time by any means that you have stated the truth concerning the disgraceful conduct of banks and those responsible for them, but never in such a simple and clear way. Keep it up!
Richard Elias
Guy Roberts, Ex-Diplomat in the UK Overseas and Colonial Service
"If there is a total lack of any ethic or set of principles to guide people's behaviour, is it any wonder that the basic human instinct of greed predominates ? "How long can a culture survive without any values beyond those of getting richer and having more possessions ? "Is it surprising that many ordinary people who feel that those with the power and the money don't care about them and their needs are starting to rebel against 'the system' - like many of those who voted for Brexit, or who voted 'No' in the Italian referendum, to say nothing of those who responded to the anti-establishment message of Trump , although he epitomises the power of acquired wealth. "History is full of examples of cultures that reached a zenith, collapsed and disappeared, from the ancient Sumerians to the Roman Empire, from the Ancient Egyptians to the Incas. How long for ours ? "I do hope that sometime, somewhere enough influential people will read your trenchant analyses, stop and reflect and then find the courage and determination to say 'Enough is Enough' - to survive and rebuild our societies we must , like Hercules cleaning out the Augean stables, clear out the muck and make a clean new start."
"I thoroughly agree with your comments about the fining of institutions rather than individuals"
Sid Bright, Partner in firm of Chartered Accountants
"Great piece on the bank crisis" [Robert Busuulwa, Partner in Accounting firm in Kampala]
I couldn’t have said this better myself [indeed I couldn’t have said this!!]. If the corruption in the system is so clear to a leading figure in the profession, why has the accountancy profession not taken steps to address the problems or put pressure on government to address it – or are they so deeply implicit in the crimes that they don’t want to resolve it, or indeed, they may hope to profit from repeating their crimes again in the future? [Martin Robinson, Partner in City Accounting firm]
"Great piece!" [Ross Ashcroft, Director, "Motherlode", Investigative financial films]
"I do hope that sometime, somewhere enough influential people will read your trenchant anayses, stop and reflect and then find the courage and determination to say Enough is Enough - to survive and rebuild our societies we must , like Odysseus cleaning out the Augean stables, clear out the muck and make a clean new start." [Guy Roberts, former senior civil servant in overseas development]
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"I couldn’t have said this better myself [indeed I couldn’t have said this!!]. If the corruption in the system is so clear to a leading figure in the profession, why has the accountancy profession not taken steps to address the problems or put pressure on government to address it – or are they so deeply implicit in the crimes that they don’t want to resolve it, or indeed, they may hope to profit from repeating their crimes again in the future?" [Martin Robinson, Partner in City Accountancy Practice] "Great piece!" [Ross Ashcroft, Director, "Motherlode", Investigative financial films] "Great piece on the bank crisis" [Robert Busuulwa, Partner in CPA Firm in Kampala]
EXCELLENT dear Emile! You improve with age!!![Richard Elias, Company Chairman]
An excellent article. One wonders whether Trump will carry out his threat to penalise the Chinese and what he will do when they retaliate!! Seems surprising that the dollar exchange rate is rising so rapidly. Shows how blind Americans are to actions by other countries. [Don Bailey, OBE]