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Fanning the faint flame for better workplace pensions

Over the next few weeks, Britain’s various IGCs (and baby IGCs) will be reporting on the state of the insurers and the non-insured SIPP providers from an independent viewpoint. I have berated some of  the IGC Chairs for being confused … Continue reading

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First we take Manhattan…

Canada bores me. I have only two cultural references for the place, Supertramp – (the band that drove me to punk in the 1970s) and South Park the movie which urges Americans to “blame Canada, they’re not even a real country anyway”. I know … Continue reading

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A Transparency Taskforce?

  A Transparency Taskforce? Sounds good doesn’t it?  Echoes of the Falklands, of Maggie v the Argies (don’t mention the Belgrano) But the task force that will meet later this morning at the University of London Senate House, at the … Continue reading

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Dear Government- “Five do’s, five don’ts” – #pensions

For those slipping quietly into retirement in the UK the political promises are about the revaluation of your state benefits, the payment of your winter allowance and the tax treatment of your savings and income. Whatever you have done or not … Continue reading

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“Thank God for the cellphone video camera”

So spoke the lawyer representing Freddie Gray’s family at a news conference this morning. “could not talk, could not breathe” reads the sign on a protestor’s cardboard placard. I’m not talking about the rights and wrongs of Baltimore- if you want … Continue reading

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53 not out – but the Grim Reaper is bowling first change

When you are young you regard birthdays as a staging post to growing up. When you are over50 they become markers  to the cemetery These cheery thoughts – “intimations on mortality” as Wordsworth described them, are with me as I listen to Leonard … Continue reading

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The inimitable Mr Leonard Cohen

The secret of his success is a great back catalogue and a band that changes as little as the rendition of the songs. Continue reading

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“From Kent where we are not” – Leonard Cohen’s Wembley Arena Show

They are from Kent, where we are not So Cohen introduced the Webb sisters – Hattie and Charlie, who have grown in vocal stature since Cohen was last seen here and now dwarf the considerable talent of Sharon Robinson. The three hour show … Continue reading

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Not angry – anymore; Elvis Costello at Bournemouth

Elvis Costello has been kidding us he isn’t angry since we were in nappies (well I was 16 when he issued “My Aim is True“). I was also 16 when I walked the length of the Holdenhurst Rd to see him perform on the Stiff Tour … Continue reading

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Stamp Collecting – Britain’s most profitable hobby.

Once upon a time Britain invented the universal penny post that allowed your for 1d to send a letter anywhere in the UK. Because we invented the service and did the infrastructure properly we became the envy of the world and … Continue reading

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