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The problems of old age didn’t “go away in May”.


Back in May, the Conservatives said they were going to do something about the problems Britain has with an ageing population and insufficient preparation for their extreme old age. Instead of introducing radical reform, as their manifesto promised, they backed … Continue reading

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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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“A dementia tax- by any other name”- guest blog from Alex Adamou


Thanks to Alexander for this excellent blog and for Con Keating for sending it to me. After watching an unusually shallow discussion of the so-called “dementia tax” on This Week last night, I want to give my take on it. … Continue reading

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Mrs May – where’s your sense of humour?


The most telling criticism of the U-turn over the dementia tax is that the Prime Minister has been robotic. She was robotic in Wales  squawking “nothing has changed” like a Dalek and she was robotic with Andrew Neil. It is not … Continue reading

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“Look after yourselves” – tough plans for the ageing-affluent.


    Ditching Dilnot’s cap Ditching Andrew Dilnot’s proposed cap on the amount we pay for our long-term later life care is the biggest attack on wealth I can remember. Protecting personal assets at £100,000 is scant comfort when the … 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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Is Farage the EU’s US Ambassador?


I am  cross with the post US election consensus in British politics. There seems to be a role for Britain “taming” the American right – that starts with neutering Donald Trump. This is total nonsense. Not only is it silly … Continue reading

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How contagious will the Uber-ruling be?


The complicit agreement between those who work in the “gig-economy” not to work for those who run the gig-economy has succeeded for much longer than Uber and Deliveroo. The same arguments were being had about the status of self-employed insurance … 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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Walk on! A panegyric for May’s interventionism.


  This footpath is not a road – it is a footpath; it is not closed, it has been closed; it is not blocked by roadworks , the footpath is walkable but the pedestrian has to walk past some red tape. If … Continue reading

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