When your mum asks you how your clients are handling the bad news around the markets and you answer "Very well: they have been silent", I guess you are asking for trouble.
But that is why I am called Nick "Trouble Is My Middle Name" Lincoln: brave to a fault, I go where others fear to tread. And if antagonising your mother is not a sure fire route to perdition then I do not know what is.
Now I do not rile her deliberately; I am fond of my mother - she has been like a parent to me. But she