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Mail on Sunday 2; Kidwelly Cricket Dinner; block vote; pension pots

Published: Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mail on Sunday 2
The Mail on Sunday actually printed my letter of reply (only slightly edited) to the previous week’s article about pet food.

I spent quite a bit of time least week chipping into the Mail Online debate and replying to, among others, Pete Coleshaw, one of the vets who was quoted in the article.

The arguments are always the same – Orwellian – pet food bad, raw food good.

I feel I’m in danger of being cast in the role of defender of the pet food industry when I actually agree with one of the basic points of the flat earthers in the raw food lobby: most commercial pet foods are appalling. That’s why I started my own.

Kidwelly Cricket Dinner
On Saturday night we went to the Kidwelly Cricket Club dinner. The club isn’t too strong on adult cricketers but the dinner was swarming with children who play. Robert Croft of Glamorgan CC and England who is now a Sky cricket commentator was handing out the gongs. The man just oozes charm and charisma. It was touching that he gave up his Saturday evening to come to Kidwelly. He was wonderful with the children, very enthusiastic and full of praise for each of them. No speech but he invited questions and used his answers to tell some great stories. Heart-warming stuff indeed.

Block Vote
The election of Ed Miliband to lead the Labour Party thanks to trade union backing has once again brought into focus in certain sections of the media the issue of the block vote. As always, bank bonuses and company directors’ pay are never far from the front pages. Have you noticed that no-one ever questions that it is the block votes of a few company shareholders, especially pension funds, which sanction these outrageous payments?

Pension Pots
First victim of the spending cuts is child benefit for higher rate taxpayers. How much would it save if they removed tax relief on pension contributions for higher rate taxpayers? The average private pension pot is £22,000 which will bring in a pension of around £1400 a year yet the Government gives tax relief on pension pots up to £1.8 million – that’ll give a pension of about £110,000 a year.
Why should poor people fund the pensions of the wealthy?

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