Happy Friday! Well folks, it’s been a week. I’ve been on the wrong day all week. From Tuesday on, I was a day ahead of reality, which makes the week a slog, nothing like thinking it Thursday and you have one more day to go and realising it’s actually Wednesday and there are two more days to go…
Here are this week’s links…
I’ve just read Hillbilly Elegy, I didn’t agree with all his conclusions, but this is important to read too. My Mother wasn’t Trash.
Is it always good to talk? No. In my experience, meetings are just exercises in futility, where nothing changes and everyone talks too much. My opinion may be biased because I’ve been minuting this week.
Parliament needs to leave London and re-connect with the rest of the country. I’ve been saying this for years. The centralisation of everything to London isn’t just bad for the rest of the country, it’s bad for London.
I’m ashamed of my secret weedkiller habit. I don’t have a weedkiller habit but I was very ashamed of myself when I put the ant killing bait down. Mind you it doesn’t seem to have done any good, they are still everywhere.
The Thing. First I have had days like that most of them last week and two it made me laugh.
Also hilarious, wrong but hilarious. Gin shit…..hipster wank juice!
Gin is in fact not some kind of cutting edge, artisanal, proto-euphoria serum, but is actually a pile of utter bollocks.
Pensions need to be smarter, not just start later. I’m not sure I agree with her solution although I do think we need to consider what happens to people in professions that require physical strength, builder, plumber, firefighter and so on because I can’t see that they can continue until they are 68. I also think that we need to be a bit smarter about National Insurance and the age you stop paying for that. If your retirement age was 60, you could continue to work but didn’t have to pay National Insurance. I believe that one of the reasons that Ma continued to work a bit longer than that was so she could put that NI money into savings. I would really like to see something like that. Once you get to 60, maybe a 50% on NI which would allow some people to slow down and work part time or to save the money into a retirement ISA. Something like this would maybe help the WASPI women, who have been royally screwed over, too. Overall, there really needs to be some blue sky thinking about how we encourage saving for retirement and a realisation that private pensions aren’t really good enough unless you have a massive salary. The old system doesn’t work and just raising the age isn’t fair. Also expecting people in insecure work, with high housing costs and maybe student debt, to be able to save for a private pension doesn’t make sense. So we need to look properly about making it actually fairer not just cranking up the age we can claim it from.