Clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth!


Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof!
Clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth!
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you!
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you want to do!


Three good  things happened to me yesterday

Firstly – subject to beating the Accies, Yeovil Town have a dream tie coming up in a few weeks.

Yeovil Town will play Manchester United at Huish Park on January 3rd for a place in the 4th round of the FA cup. It made me happy just writing that

It has been a poor season for us so far and if we can win our home game , this will set Christmas up nicely for Yeovil and her solid supporters.


Secondly  I went to a posh pension conference yesterday morning and heard the OECD compare our pension system to those of other members. It was enlightening, I felt I understood what we were doing better, looking at auto-enrolment in an international perspective.


Thirdly, on the train home from Basingstoke, I read a really fine statement in Money Marketing from someone I don’t know- but now wish I did – Kim North. You can read it here.

Kim doesn’t look like she’s done 30 years bird in financial services , but looking at her Linked In CV, I can see she’s been a big influencer in parts of the advice chain, I know nothing about.

She points towards a great project (which I’d forgotten about – the Scottish in Widows women in pensions report, the 2014 report in the series is here.


What links Yeovil Town, the OECD ,Kim and the Scottish Widows report is that they all point me in the same direction. They are all linked by Yeovil Town’s magnificent motto

Achieve by Unity

The last vestiges of the mutuality that inspired some Scots to set up a mutual to look after the widows of Scotland, Kim’s resolution in declaring auto-enrolment a moral crusade which creates greater fairness and in which our insurers have a moral obligation to participate and the grand scope of the OECD to promote best practice across borders and continents, is in stark contrast to the miserable behaviour on which I reported yesterday.

The unquenchable fire to achieve something great, though a common purpose, is at the heart of the British Welfare System which is an example to the world. We have much to learn from others and the OECD demonstrates our short-comings as well as illuminating our successes. Yeovil Town – a failing club, a failing town – pulls itself up by the boot-strings every Sunday morning and sets about achieving by unity. It has and it will. Kim North, after 30 years in financial services is still campaigning for greater fairness for women and greater choice in workplace pensions.

“Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break”


About henry tapper

Founder of the Pension PlayPen,, partner of Stella, father of Olly . I am the Pension Plowman
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