Tag Archives: Labour

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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Organising labour


“I don’t care where you do it, how you do it , when you do it – as long as the f-ing work gets done”.  My first boss. Of course he didn’t mean it- I soon found that flexible working … 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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So Labour’s given us a choice-what’s wrong with that?


“gone are the days when your party can be any colour you like so long as it’s blue” I am not going to the Labour party conference but I am going to the Conservative conference in Birmingham next week. I … Continue reading

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Why Corbynism is radical (and what it means for pensions)


The most tweeted action of Corbyn’s first 24 hours as Labour leader was to choose to go to a constituency engagement rather than go on the Andrew Marr show. For Labour apparatchnick schooled in two decades of Blairite PR and … 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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How pensions restrain public sector pay and services.


The latest discussions about how we will manage the nation’s finances are focussing on public sector pay.Nick Clegg tells us that his party will make sure   wages would rise in real terms for two years from 2016, and then … Continue reading

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Labour in a kilt? – Pensions, politics and plagiarism


The SNP’s manifesto is a pretty shameless cut and paste of labour party policy. If your hit single was covered by your biggest rival and it was they that got the royalties when it went to #1, you’d be pretty … Continue reading

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Scrap the LifeTime Allowance – for hard working people!


The Conservatives say they want to reward hard working people. I’d like to thing they include me in that number. They want to appoint Ros Altmann to help us educate ourselves in finances, I’d like to think I’ve been educating … Continue reading

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One week on- how was “freedom” for you?


More questions than answers The Pension PlayPen met as usual in the Counting House to discuss our experiences of Pension Freedom to date. The consensus – more questions than answers. Call volumes to the insurers have over-shadowed what the Government … Continue reading

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