Wells Street Journal: Pensions minister’s mystery admirer

Valentine’s Day is months away but pensions minister Ros Altmann already has a secret admirer, WSJ can reveal.

A search on Twitter will quickly reveal the consumer champion turned state pension scapegoat has some outspoken critics.

But is is not all doom and gloom for the embattled Tottenham baroness.

During Money Marketing’s exclusive interview at the Department of Work and Pensions earlier this month, Altmann proudly displayed a hand-made mug emblazoned with the words ‘pensions minister’ on the side.

When pensions reporter Sam Brodbeck asked whether it was perhaps a gift from David Cameron, the minister replied she had received the mug in the post but had not yet uncovered the identity of the sender.

WSJ can only guess who Altmann’s generous benefactor could be.

Perhaps her predecessor Steve Webb – now gainfully employed at Royal London – feels the need to thank her for taking the flack for the state pension debacle.

Or could it be an offering from Workie, the controversial star of the Department’s new £8.5m auto-enrolment advertising campaign?

If you are Ros Altmann’s secret admirer let us know at @MM_WSJ. John Ralfe need not apply.