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Much merriment at the Scottish Life/Scottish Life International annual Christmas bash on December 3. But the Diary hears that the real fun, or perhaps that should be embarrassment, occurred later.

Apparently, one of Scottish Life&#39s female party hosts eager to catch the morning train to Edinburgh after a hard night partying stepped out of her hotel room to wake a colleague. Fine. However, returning to her room she discovered that the electronic card key did not work.

Being an enterprising type, she managed to cobble a passing maid who whipped out a master key and let her in, only for our heroine to discover a couple engaged in a bit of early morning sex.

Wrong room. Ouch.


Curious way to treat friendlies

In his article on Frank Field&#39s book on welfare reform (Money Marketing, , Patrick Collinson says he finds Mr Field&#39s call for a revival in the friendly society movement as a key player in future welfare provision to be curious (Money Marketing, October 30). I find Mr Collinson&#39s comment curious or, more specifically, his apparent […]

Passbook to retirement income?

Commentators looking for ideas on how to improve or reconstruct UK pensions have often gone abroad to see what overseas models have to offer. Singapore, Australia, Chile and the US all have very different pension systems, parts of which could be used in the UK. One aspect of these overseas schemes has created real interest […]

Abbey Nat makes self-cert debut

Abbey National is moving into the self-certification market for self-employed borrowers for the first time. It is offering the self-certification mortgage at 8.7 per cent up to 75 per cent loan to value. The product is being launched to brokers this week. It will not be available through the branches but will be offered direct. […]

NPI axes initial charges in bid to double Pep take

NPI is scrapping initial charges on its Taxbeater Pep and launching a guaranteed Pep in a bid to double Pep new business this year. The £210m NPI Taxbeater Pep will have no initial charge and an effective bid-offer spread of 0.3-0.7 per cent from February 23. NPI will pay 3 per cent commission. But a […]

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The politics of healthcare

Healthcare is already one of the key battlefields in May’s general election, with each of the main parties committing to deliver improvements to the NHS and public health.


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