IFAonline is often tickled by some of the comments left by readers at the bottom of stories. But this one just HAD to be shared…
Posted by an individual calling themselves ‘Exasperated me', the author was responding to our story about the number of small firms who had opposed the FSA's adviser charging proposals in the RDR. A new twist on an old classic:
"A man was taking a trip in a hot air balloon.
Realising he was lost, he spotted a woman below and reduced altitude. He descended further and shouted to the lady: "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."
The woman replied: "Well, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30ft above the ground. You are between latitude 40 and 41 degrees north and between longitude 59 and 60 degrees west."
The balloonist took this in for a moment, then said: "You must be an IFA."
"Actually I am," replied the woman, "But how did you know?"
"Well", answered the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct but I have no idea what to make of your information and the fact remains I'm still lost. Frankly, you haven't been much help at all. If anything, you've delayed my trip."
The woman below responded: "Well, you must be at the FSA."
"I am," replied the balloonist, "But how did you know?"
"Well," said the woman, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made promises which you've no idea how to keep, and you expect the people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it's my fault."
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