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Out of Context: “I’d be strung up by my thumbs if I told you too much about it”

OOc Jan 9

“I’d be strung up by my thumbs if I told you too much about it.”

Online Partnership chief executive Kevin McDonagh says draconian punishments are in order for anyone caught revealing commercially sensitive information.

“On balance, it was good to meet you, sort of.”

LV= senior press officer Addy Frederick was left a little underwhelmed when she met a recent MM recruit.

I can’t believe David Tiller is worthy of a profile. He’s done nothing all year. I’m the architect of superclean.”

Standard Life head of investment group relations Graham Dow says head of platforms David Tiller spent 2013 twiddling his thumbs.

“Another guy on the same train had broken his leg. I couldn’t believe it!”

AJ Bell head of platform marketing Mike Morrison explains an unlikely coincidence that saw him suffer a painful hand injury only to see a fellow commuter leapfrog him on the emergency room waiting list.



House prices rose 8.4% in 2013, says Nationwide

A shortfall in new housing and Government policies contributed to a sharp increase in property prices in 2013. Average house prices rose by 8.4 per cent from £162,262 in December 2012 to £175,826 in December 2013, according to the Nationwide Building Society house price index. In December alone, average prices rose by 1.4 per cent […]


Cameron pledges to keep state pension triple lock until 2020

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to keep the triple lock on state pensions until 2020 if he is re-elected in 2015. The triple lock, which was part of the last Liberal Democrat manifesto and introduced in 2010, guarantees pension rises in line with inflation, earnings or 2.5 per cent, whichever is highest. The Liberal […]


Nic Cicutti: The sad demise of the doomed IFA Centre

I had intended writing about the closure of the IFA Centre when the news broke a few weeks ago but other events consumed most of my time back then. A month on from that announcement, it is worth trying to understand what happened and why, as well as to come up with a balance sheet of the […]


Brokers say end of Funding for Lending will not lead to steep rate rises

Brokers believe the ending of the Bank of England’s Funding for Lending Scheme for mortgages will not lead to steep increases in mortgage rates. Despite the announcement by Bank governor Mark Carney that the FLS scheme will focus on lending to small and medium-sized businesses from 31 January, brokers believe any impact on rates will […]

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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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