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pension politics

I haven’t blogged in ages, so I’ve decided to be contentious / outrageous for the month of march. this is this first post – the views expressed, may not even represent my own, never mind anyone associated with me, etc…

So after some stumbling, stuttering and well general headless chickening, the government has decided it might, maybe depending on if it’s right, step in and pass retrospective laws to strip t

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he former RBS chairman of his £600,000+ a year pension. yippie? right?

I’m not convinced, I think it’s terribly shaky ground to start taking people’s pension of them – especially changing the terms of a pension scheme, so you can take revenge on somebody after the fact. just think about it this has two possible problems: 

  1. the government will decide that, in general pensions for X are to high and having sent this precedent change a pension scheme for a whole swathe of people, no matter if they have 38 years in the scheme, because they are in the derided scheme of the day – you can’t change the terms of pensions – it under-minds the whole premise.
  2. attacking peoples pensions will become an accepted way of getting revenge for perceived problems they might have been involved in during their career. Yes you might think their is a clear cut case with the RBS man, but think about it – he hasn’t actually broken any laws, committed any crimes, or acted beyond his remit, he just is perceived to be the person who messed it all up, if we can take this sort of action based on moral – no let’s say populist opinion, isn’t that dangerous-when you retire do you want the value of your pension going to a public vote based on what you did – before you answer remember the electorate have a 6 month memory, you will have a 40 year career. 

So as you can see, it might seem simple, it certainly is a vote keeper (there is no winning votes in this anymore) but it’s really not the simplest wisest thing in the world.

Once there was someone – probably on radio 4 – who said you should always think about laws that are passed, not in the context of the current government are interpreting it, but how it could be interpreted by future governments just because you trust the current lot, doesn’t mean the next lot won’t exploit it.

chaning your name

it’s a resonably well know fact among people who know me – but when we got married I took Ruth’s name and became a Jump.

It wasn’t until about 3 years later that I realised that as a Man you don’t actually have the legal remit to change your name when you get married. the marrige law doesn’t actually say anything about changing your name (even if you are a woman). although i do remember stumbling on something that said a woman took a mans name not the other way around.

When I found this out I scrabbled around the Internet to find out if I had made myself a fugitive from the law, it turns out I didn’t because you can call your self what ever you want, just many places don’t let you change things without documentation.and while the deed poll site now says that from 2005 the passport office accept marrige certificates for the change of a man’s name, I can tell you they where doing that in 2003.

Getting it changed

Changing your name on things held by companies is suprisingly easy, at first my bank said they needed the marrige certificate, but then when i turned up with it, told me that was wrong and changed my name on all my accounts without looking at it.

Work wanted to look at something – don’t know why but they did, like they didn’t trust one of their own employees got married.

the passport office just accepted the birth certificate and marriage certificate without question

Dealing with it

Since then I’ve had no trouble, the few CRB checks I’ve had haven’t had any problem with me filling out ‘maiden name’ fields. my doctor got confused when she looked at the screen on the computer they other day, but didn’t say anything.

In reality, most people don’t even know, it’s only if i mention it do i get strange looks, and if people know me at all, they just add it on to the list of oddioisities that are the jumps, with their baby-wearing, home educating, bread in the microwave lifestyles.

I like been a Jump, it gives me a better sense of me because it’s a bit quirky, less common, and well it’s been my name for ages now, so it’s me.

Our Henry (the vacuum)

We’ve had terrible trouble with hovers over the last few years. for a while we had a quite dreadful but incredibly cheep goblin hover that was really good at moving the dirt about, and if you left it on the same spot for a while it would eventually pick up some dirt.

A Henry then we replaced that with what i think was our worst purchase ever, the Vax, with it’s so powerful it would blow the fuses engine, and spiny thing that ate the carpet.? I said at the time, this is because in many households hovering is the mans job, so they try to sell you manly hovers with more and more powerful engines.

After a very short while, and an inordinate amount of fuses, the vax blew something internal, so we used that as an excuse to give it to bulky bob, and replace it. and this time, we went for a Henry on the (possibly flawed) grounds that they use it in schools and offices everywhere so it must be good value for money.

Now we’ve had it 3 months, I do think it’s the best vacuum we’ve had. It’s not to powerful, it’s not to heavy, it doesn’t do any fancy tricks, and in fact it still gets stuck in doorways and at the end of the bed, but what it does do that no other vacuum does is smile at you.

smilinghenry.PngI’ve just hovered the house and has the same wrestling match I use to have with the goblin hover, which if I am honest use to end up with me kicking and throwing the hover around in the secret hope it would break. the difference this time however was two fold, fist it is slightly easier to undo a stuck Henry because it’s round, but really, It’s really hard to get angry when it’s smiling at you.

Now I know that makes me weird, but I have been reading a lot of books about how our mind works and studies have shown that the act of smiling can make a physiological difference. I just don’t think the’ve extended the study to hovers yet.