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Lucian Camp recalls the time he met the FS Good Fairy…

by Lucian Camp 16/06/10 Category: Comment

I haven’t told anyone about this before, but about fifteen years ago the FS Good Fairy made one of her rare appearances in my office, and – being an ungenerous sort of fairy – offered me just one wish. I was sorely tempted to make a sort of composite wish which would have involved the uninvention of Arsene Wenger, the avoidance of an interminable era of pointless strife and indecision at White Hart Lane and a very different outcome over the following period in the balance of power between the two giants of north London football. But after some hard…
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Welfare reform: Should we order the ‘go faster’ stripes now?

by Alan Tyler 25/05/10 Comment

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The new coalition government has reached agreement on a common programme with a speed that has astonished many of our European neighbours. In doing so, the welfare reform agenda is unlikely to have delayed them for too long, as in several important areas, the LibDem election manifesto was strangely lacking in policy. However, there is evidence of compromise and more may emerge when the next level of detail is revealed. In truth, there have not been significant differences between all three major parties in what they wanted to achieve, the issues have been how and how quickly to achieve this.…
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Consultant Phillip Cooke reminds us just how important it is to look after the basics…

by Phillip Cooke 20/05/10 Comment

In wondering what to write for my first Protection Review blog, I was reminded of an inspirational story I read a few years ago. Here it is. On a stormy night many years ago an elderly man and his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in Philadelphia. “All the big hotels are full up”, said the man, “could you possibly give us a room here?” The reception clerk explained that there were three conventions in town, and that was why there were no rooms to be had anywhere. After a moment’s silence he added, “All our rooms are…
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Solicitor Rona Doyle has a few post-Election thoughts…

by Rona Doyle 17/05/10 Comment

Finally after some tense days of waiting the General Election result is finally known a new Government is formed and I would guess its end format took many of us by surprise.  It certainly surprised me. However what has surprised me even more is how I now feel about it.  Being one of those irritatingly optimistic souls, I like ‘new’ things and I like being ‘sold’ new things.  I like ‘fresh’ approaches and I truly do see quite a lot of potential in this ‘new politics’ notion. I like the ‘Nick/David’ double act too. I feel rather comfortable about the…
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Paul Brooks from Space01 asks us to open his eyes for him…

by Paul Brooks 10/05/10 Comment

Apparently I can get life cover for as little as £5 a month... But to be totally honest, I don’t care. ‘Why not?’, I ask myself, ‘surely it’s a great deal, I mean it’s less than two pints in my local, plus I’ve got two kids (both under six) and a reasonably large mortgage and currently no protection in place.’  So why is it that price led protection ads just wash over me? Right, I need to be careful here because I’m about to criticise my own occupation. I’m not an Actuary or IFA. I’m actually a marketer and I…
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