Blog Posts in 2015

Trusted Voices


I have long said that when I would come to power there’d be a few things I’d do on day one.  I’d abolish benefits for people who are already comfortably off (left-leaning).  I’d make sure we had more programmes of community work for people who are fit and able, but out of work (right leaning) and I’d reintroduce some form of torture for people who throw their rubbish out of cars (just plain commo…

In Current Affairs

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Unitate Fortior


The Building Societies Association does what it says on the tin; it is a trade body which represents the 44 Building Societies ranging in size from the mighty Nationwide, infinitely bigger that the Bath to the humble Penrith, which is about one third of our size. It performs a number of important functions from lobbying government and regulators to running conferences, training and seminars on…

In Finance

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Truth, the whole truth


I’ll be honest; I’m a bit of a news junkie. I have followed recent stories such as the Greek bailout, the appearance of odd bits of disappeared airplane MH-370 and the to-ings and fro-ings of the complex web of conflict that dominates the Middle East with boundless interest and energy.  To come across a discarded newspaper on a train is a delight. And all hail those journalists that bring u…

In Current Affairs

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Last Time Buyers - the problem we’re not talking about!


Over recent years, I’ve become very aware that it’s been hard for first time buyers.  House prices have remained high; relative to incomes right through the recession, despite a drop in 2008-9. The challenge of finding a deposit, especially when the mortgage industry was taking fright at the height of the financial crisis, was nigh on impossible unless you had parents that were both well-heeled a…

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The new prudery


I remember watching TV in the Seventies with my parents and can vividly remember toe-curling embarrassment from some of the content.  Yes, some of it was just plain rubbish, but that’s not what I’m talking about.  I am, of course, referring to the tide of innuendo and sauciness that passed for sitcom back then.  If you’re of a certain age and haven’t entirely blotted shows like Man About the Hous…

In Current Affairs

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