We mere mortals, tiny bit players on the vast stage of humanity, and especially we within the borders of the United Kingdom, don’t really get much of a chance to change the way we live, think, are ruled, and most importantly, manage our own finances. I would dwell today on the last because I was today in to see my branch business manager, to sort out what I honestly thought was a computer error in the allocation of interest earned on a sum of money which I have managed to place by for a rainy day!
My query was, naturally, surely there has been some error; a glitch in the magic computer systems which rule all of our lives, as the amount of interest on the sum deposited had reduced by a factor of TEN within the space of three months! When I breezed in to contact the bank on this extremely easily-remedied error, I was told the cold hard facts of life by the apologetic manager in charge of my account.
I then realised how silly I had been; how remiss to forget that I had to pay my share, and once that was factored in to the conversation, all else fell neatly into place!
After all, Fred’s Pension has got to be paid, and there is no alternative, because Lord Myners rubber-stamped the deal; so like it or lump it, the rate of interest on my savings now stands at 0.04%, but Fred’s got that nice BMW X5, and the upkeep on the Yorkshire house must be tremendous; and the shooting parties are so expensive!