Tag Archives: Politics

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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“How we’re paid” is top of #GE17 agenda


If there is a debate going on over who next Governs Britain, how we get paid – as workers and pensioners, is at the heart of it. BREXIT may be the most important political issue , but we are no … Continue reading

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Forever Young – final 3 – thanks for voting “Andy”!


Andy Young has done more than anyone else alive to better pensions in the UK. He deserves a lifetime achievement award for his work – so vote for him! Continue reading

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“Donald Trump… made me an alien”


On 1st January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27th January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien. I am a British citizen who has lived in America for … Continue reading

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“Please don’t take your politics into this room” – An evening with @shareactionuk .


Well done @ShareActionUK bringing people together #pensionpower pic.twitter.com/gzOtG13JeT — Pension Plowman (@henryhtapper) November 1, 2016   The statement was made by the chair of trustees advised by my friend Nico Aspinall, when Nico advocated a green default for the chair’s mastertrust. The statement … 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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A little bit of anarchy does you good


I’m grateful to my Swedish friend Per Andelius for finding this. Provenance has kindly been provided by readers (see comments). In game theory, the “price of anarchy” describes how individuals acting in their own self-interest within a larger system tend … Continue reading

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Hilary Salt gets a touch of the William Blakes!


Arise you actuaries from your slumber (guest blog from Hilary Salt) I’ve found the last few weeks exhilarating. For the first time in perhaps 30 years, there’s been a real political debate in Britain. A debate where it clearly mattered … Continue reading

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Shaking up at the DWP- how will politics effect pensions and payroll?


As we all know by now, the DWP are very proud of auto-enrolment which former Pension Minister described as “that hen’s tooth – a public policy success”. At the time of writing, I should be in a meeting chaired by … Continue reading

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Playing the personality card


Of all the financial myths that remain unchallenged, the myth of personality is least challenged and most lethal. For it allows the congregation of expert panels/committees/boards – stuffed with perceived “personality” to validate all manner of iniquities. For those personalities … Continue reading

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