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Remorse or anger? How do Tories feel this morning?


I voted conservative. I didn’t like the candidate (Mark Field), I didn’t like the campaign and I didn’t like myself . I simply felt no confidence in other options. Now, like many who lay dazed from exit poll to the … Continue reading

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This blogger’s a reluctant Tory


  Some year’s ago, Mrs May reminded the Conservatives that some people thought them the nasty party, this election she’s reminded us that they are the hapless party. They have been opposed by a Labour Party who’s policies are under-costed … Continue reading

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Falling out of love with the market.


  The most startling thing about the conservative manifesto is that it advocates Government intervention as a way of improving those just about managing in Britain. This is a very different approach to that of previous Governments that relied on competition within markets. From labour markets, through energy, telecoms and pharma to financial services, the […]

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Falling out of love with the market.


  The most startling thing about the conservative manifesto is that it advocates Government intervention as a way of improving those just about managing in Britain. This is a very different approach to that of previous Governments that relied on … Continue reading

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Value for money – we have won a battle not a war.


The FCA Consultation Paper CP16/30″Transaction cost disclosure in workplace pensions” is a very good piece of work and allows IGCs and Trustees to know what their members are paying to have their pension pots managed. It unlocks one of the … Continue reading

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A sad year – when only Tories count.


I am going to the Conservative party conference, I am not going to the freak show in Liverpool and I don’t even know when the Liberals are convening. I have limited time on my hands to understand Government but I … Continue reading

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Walk walk walk – not talk talk talk


I have just read an article by Sophie Baxter that puts numbers to the failure of David Cameron to create a one nation Government. It explicitly draws parallels with Cameron’s oration to the nation on entering #10 six years ago. It … Continue reading

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This dread butcher and his fiend like queen


  My blog yesterday likened the mail between Sarah Vine and Michael Gove  to Lady Macbeth winding up her husband to kill the King. For Duncan (or better Banquo) read Boris – though I had no prescience that but minutes after I published … Continue reading

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Time to move on?


This election was brutal. Gregg McClymont knew his fate but Steve Webb’s defeat was a shock to us all – sadly electors don’t wear pension goggles. Just as we were resigning ourselves to BAU,  David Cameron announced Ros Altmann’s appointment … Continue reading

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Pensions, benefits and taxes – the political illusionist’s playthings (ace guest blog from Ruth Gilbert)


Perception is reality.  The reality is perception will drive voting choices. Voting choices will drive a reality which does not match the perceptions. We think we’re wise to this, but still we get blind-sided and the surprise is rarely a … Continue reading

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