spoke with the dealer (well say speak I mean e-mail) who after the intitial Swiss Tony reply, accepted that as I had purchased the car on the way he had described it (110% right) and the warranty company was a little hesitant to say the least, he is going to send me down a new bearing assembly and will contact the warranty company himself to try and get it resolved.
This isn't a poke at the dealer btw. I now have to find someone to do the job. St Clear's isn't that far but the thought of a Punto? Do they have buses in St Clears?