22 Aug 2013

Government Mis-Selling Scandal

Having been on the receiving end of many a sales call trying to convince me of the necessity of buying identity theft protection for my credit cards,I can say that the present hysteria about this issue here in the UK can only be called a modern version of the witch hunt. Given that this dark period is but a few hundred years away it is remarkable that not much has changed in human nature - certainly not in the nature of those who want to bully and nanny the citizen.
Condemning banks in blanket fashion to 'compensate' those who were supposedly mis-sold protection products goes against all notions of legal due process. Only slightly worse is the silence of the guardians of our investment monies who should scream bloody murder as the companies they invest on our behalf get fleeced by regulators. Where is the Governance army hiding when it is really needed?
Government can play a role in protecting the consumer, as can all the worthy or unworthy organisations who claim to have the consumer's interest at heart. But let them issue warnings, educate the public so that people can make decisions that are (hopefully) protecting their own interest. Nobody forced me to buy any product, suitable or unsuitable. And maybe some people might have benefitted from the protection they bought. Who speaks up for them?

20 Aug 2013

CMI should know better - no point in meaningless comparisons

When the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) proclaims that women on average receive a lower bonus than men one has to wonder what purpose this Institute really serves. Without detailed forensic comparison on a job-by-job basis this discovery - if you want to call it that - is meaningless and can only be considered an effort to get a bit of publicity.

FATCA - Testimony to EU Incompetence

While no one can blame the US for perpetrating legislative overreach as long as it gets away with it the oppressive FATCA legislation would never have happened if the (unelected) bureaucrats in the EU would have taken sufficient time off dining at taxpayer's expense in the expensive restaurants offered by Brussels. A discreet threat of the imposition of a countervailing duty on the activities of US financial institutions in the EU should have put a stop on this legislation at an early stage. Would the US really have pushed the button and chosen the nuclear option of total financial war with the EU? I doubt it. Unfortunately the senior brass in the financial sector here in Europe has also missed an opportunity to push against this unnecessary regulatory burden which leads to the conclusion that only a reform of democratic structures in the EU and its member countries can lead to a better defence of civil liberties. See www.dirdem.org if you want to support me on this.