George Osbourne, David Cameron and many other influential figures have pinned high hopes on London 2012 delivering a much-needed boost to the economy, but with many Londoner’s reporting empty shops and streets (not to mention the empty arena seats), do we really expect this boost to come? Unfortunately figures from previous Olympic games tell us otherwise…
Who could have known that Vanilla Ice would have been giving you a message of sustainability, 22 years after that famous – and infamous in the case of the Jedward cover – ‘Under Pressure’ sample was first released?
Now obviously, it wasn’t an intentional message of saving the environment on Vanilla’s behalf, but thanks to a new programme called Ice these sustainable choices could be easier than ever to make for almost everyone.
Ice have identified products and services that are sustainable – including travel, groceries, clothing and utilities – and have created a one-stop shop for all of them, making it easier for you to purchase in a way that could help to minimise the harm done to the environment.
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According to news this week, Brits haven’t lost their generous mentality, despite the unpalatable state of the UK economy.
The ‘Financial Safety Net’ report from insurance specialists Bright Grey often reveals something sociologically insightful. This month, it said that a fair proportion of Brits (39% overall, and 45% of men) would gladly sacrifice £10, to family or to charity, if they felt they could afford it. Only one in five confessed that they would prefer to save the money themselves (which, in itself, is perfectly understandable).
What does this say about the so-called disintegration of “traditional British values” that Eric Pickles, Tory Communities Secretary, has descried?
Perhaps we haven’t lost our inherent sense of generosity after all – ideologically, at least. Or, are we just concerned to keep giving the impression of generosity? Are such lines of questioning trying to make us look frugal, uncaring – feral even – in an age of recession?
We’re not returning to our primal instincts just yet. But there are a few distinctly grey areas.
When any major deal crops up that involves your competitors or your industry, you’re bound to take notice.
So it’s hardly escaped our attention that the MoneySavingExpert website, headed by Martin Lewis, was sold today (subject to approval) for up to £87 million to MoneySupermarket.
The good part, for consumers at least, is that the deal includes the retention of editorial independence via an agreed code. In an editorial addressing the deal, Mr Lewis claims that the site will uphold its right to support or criticise MoneySupermarket’s products and services as it requires.
It looks – and sounds – like a publication that exists purely to hit notoriety in the ‘Missing Words’ round of Have I Got News For You.
For all that, and its bookish layout, Ombudsman News is a surprisingly interesting read.
The recent decline in living standards, the high-publicised banking malpractices, and the ongoing technological changes that make financial management a more intricate affair, have all contributed to a surge in the number of complaints passed on to the world’s biggest arbitrator, which already employs close to 2,000 people.
And the Ombudsman News bulletin features plenty of complaint case studies, along with investigative details, the final resolution and the adjudicators’ reasoning.
(The following article is a guest post on behalf of James Redden and the thoughts and views expressed may not reflect those of Which4U or its employees.)
Have those flea-bitten meerkats really convinced you that everything is, “Simples”?
Imagine yourself laid on a warm, sun drenched beach. Laid on your left is the object of your desires. Stood on your right is an ATM. With every second that you stare at it, another bunch of £50 notes is vomited out into the money bag sat underneath it. Read More »