Category Archives: Nick Clegg

Can we have a word Mr Webb?


You mentioned that there should be a default position (on mallowstreet). I have argued that there is a default decumulation position, it is a level single life annuity provided by the insurer that managed your pension accumulation. This is a “pot-luck” position and many are buying appalling annuities as a result. This is at the root of what we, Robin Ellison, Con Keating, Alan Higham , the AMNT and Kevin Wesbroom, (to name but a handful of those calling for change), are trying to address. Continue reading

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Rising to Beecroft’s challenge- can we make pensions work for micro-employers?


Scanning the Pension Press as one does when having breakfast these days, I came across an excellent piece of reporting on Pension Insight (fast becoming one of  the best on-line pension publications). New laws are to be introduced which will … Continue reading

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Sexy cash for pensions – Politician nearly loses his patience


No matter how blameless Stevie may be, he’s only as good as his team. He protests that the DWP and the Treasury are the best of mates; the malpractice exposed like Alan Higham smacks of the DWP getting a little too close to the “dark side”. Continue reading

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Who is Christopher Robin?


The act of reading these stories and poems is to step into Christopher Robin’s shoes and embrace a vlue system that has driven the governing class of Britian for two hundred years. You should try it sometime- it really is scary!
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Mittens- that wd stop em lootin


 “More than 90,000 people have signed an online petition calling for anyone convicted of taking part in the riots to lose benefits they get” Thomas Hardy wrote a book of poems entitled “life’s little ironies”. He’d have seen the humour in … Continue reading

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“I just want to show the rich I can do what I want”


If that girl in Croydon and the thousands of disaffected rioters have done anything positive for me – they’ve got me thinking just how big the gap between me and them is. Perhaps I don’t feel quite as comfortable as I did a week ago.

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A riot of my own


If you don’t get the reference , you probably didn’t grow up in the late 70s, but here’s White Riot by the Clash in case you thought waht we’ve seen over the past three nights is anything new.

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Unavoidable, necessary and futile – the fight for public sector pensions


Because the unions only speak for those they define as their own – they do not speak for me – nor I for them. Continue reading

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Coalition – come clean on your plan for our pension.


My criticism of the Green Paper is that while it is long on philosophising on the impact of longevity, the need for fairness and for personal responsibility, it’s short on idntifying the winners and losers in the process.

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Clegg4pm- strange things happen.


There is a very real possibility that Nick Clegg will become our next prime minister – albeit with no overall majority. Whether he will comes down to whether voters will retain their current sense of adventure or take fright at the prospect of something quite new. Continue reading

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