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CITY VIEWS: IS LONDON STILL THE WORLD'S LEADING FINANCIAL CENTRE?

<strong>ELLIOTT PERRY </strong>RK HARRISON<br />&ldquo;London is still at the top of the game as a financial centre. Technology is developing all the time, which drives people to come and work here. As long as the downturn doesn't hit development in that area, London will remain competitive.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>SAM WARD </strong>MARSH<br />&ldquo;There is real expertise in London &ndash; it&rsquo;s still the centre of the financial world. The reputation of the banking industry is in tatters, and remuneration may reflect that, but there are other reasons for people to stay in the capital.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>IAN YUILL </strong> INVESTIT<br />&ldquo;A heavier tax, as Darling seems to be preparing to suggest in the pre-budget report tomorrow, won&rsquo;t lead to a mass exodus from the City immediately, but if the government continues to punish City workers, talent will drift away.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>MARTIN BOLTON </strong>MARKETFORM<br />&ldquo;It is unlikely that people will leave the City for the sake of competitiveness. To flee to another country is a big upheaval, for what is likely to be a small boost in pay. Boris Johnson will be in there fighting for the City&rsquo;s reputation.&rdquo;