The Four Horsemen of the financial Apocalypse

During an interview for a reporter today, I was trying to explain why calling everything “the credit crunch” was nonsense (see my credit crunch and other myths blog). In it I came up with a nice explanation of The Four Horsemen of the Financial Apocalypse (it’s only the size of their charger that varies): Economic Slowdown (Shetland...

The radio in the loo at Radio 2 …

I’m sitting in the Radio 2 green-room, waiting to go on Vine (though the room isn’t green and Clive Anderson’s presenting).

First Plus Closes. Good and Bad News…

As is well publicised, I’ve no love for secured loans. The product itself is ‘lending of last resort’ but has sadly been marketed as ‘a one-stop debt solution’ (see the secured loans guide) and one leading debt charity estimates they’re only suitable for 3% of those who have them. This is the reason I campaigned against their being advertised on Childrens TV, and ran a petition to ask celebrities to stop doing the ads.

BA / Virgin Price Fixing. Now there’s adverts to help people get compensation.

The law firm that pushed the price fixing compensation case in the US is about to launch UK adverts, to urge people who flew with the airlines on the relevant dates to claim their compensation. So far 100,000 individuals and 1,200 businesses have registered, but it’s thought there are 5.6 million passengers to contact. If you’re looking...

No I wasn’t at Wimbledon…

Contrary to this note below spotted by the folks in MSE Towers (why weren’t they working… hmmm) no I wasn’t at Wimbledon. In fact I was at Brent Cross shopping centre doing a ‘Martin’s Mortgage Minute’ for ITV1 Tonight.

Filming when ill isn’t fun…

Last Thursday night I developed a tickly throat, and by Friday morning it was burning up & I lost my voice. It’s been on and off ever since, with a painful throat and terrible cough. Unfortunately, this week as well as my GMTV slots (which are short, so I can manage through them), I’ve also had filming scheduled in for an upcoming ITV1 Tonight on mortgages.

At last Carol Vorderman quits doing the secured loan adverts.

I can honestly say I felt genuinely delighted to read in the Daily Mirror that Carol Vorderman won’t be renewing her contract with First Plus to advertise secured loans. Nearly two years ago this site was at the forefront of the petition to ask her to consider stopping doing the adverts as the power of her brand,...