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It was patronising smiles all round and the sound of collective head-patting when Scottish minnow Semple Fraser released its year-end results. Either the firm had had a really, really bad year, or its PR had left off a fairly important letter from the email header: “Semple Fraser announces £13 fee income”. Altogether now… “bless”.

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