Letters – 3 June

Too many ACCA exits

What is going on at ACCA? First they lose vice-president Jim Waits, then the highly respected ACCA moderniser Ray Gardiner and now they seem to be about to lose the newly elected deputy president Moyra Kedslie.

Given what we know about the Gardiner affair (which is very little) there would appear to be some double standards being applied to the Kedslie affair. As Gardiner had to ‘go’, surely Kedslie should – to quote Professor Richardson – ‘do the honourable thing’ and resign immediately without further embarrassment to ACCA members.

Gavin Sharpe, FCCA, Chislehurst, Kent

Don’t miss out on the trend In the competitive complex business environment of today, a successful chartered accountant has to make his specialised expertise and experience available for promoting shared prosperity to his client or the businesses he is working for.

Failure of this fundamental requirement and objectives on his part will render him redundant and unfit for the position he is aspiring to reach. The profession is very widely spread and each segment has developed its own market place and serves their clients or businesses well.

The vote for the future of the chartered accountant on 8 June 1999 gives an opportunity to be part of that fundamental change of ever-increasing specialisation by supporting the motion for electives.

Surinder Kaul BA, FCA, London NW9

CIPFA knows all about tax A word of correction both for the 6 May ‘Taking Stock’ piece and the letter (20 May) from Sonia Davy.

CIPFA has had an element of taxation in all of its syllabuses over the last 30 years. In the new CIPFA syllabus to be launched at its national conference in Birmingham on 15-17 June, president Margaret Pratt will reveal an enhancement to the current-half paper in taxation at Professional 2.

Kenneth F Gill, CIPFA education and training director

When will Accountancy Age stop CIPFA bashing?

Tax still is a component of the CIPFA syllabus.

Jim Rooney, CPFA, head of finance and administration, Berwickshire Housing Association

Don’t kick the boot camp! Not very many things make me angry, but Gordon Kennedy’s letter in your 20 May issue (page 19) has really succeeded in forcing me to put pen to paper to express my disapproval of his comments.

Like Mr Kennedy, I too am a sole practitioner with no ‘team’ and have likewise attended Boot Camp. I found the whole experience to be stimulating and attention-holding, and not at all the ‘evangelical presentation showing the light in the manner of Billy Graham’ format suggested by Mr Kennedy.

In fact, to even suggest that the presentations are some kind of religious crusade is a grave insult to Paul Dunn and his excellent team.

Peter R Cox, FCA, St Albans, Hertfordshire

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