When did a shrinking economy count as a recovery?

I’ve just watched the BBC One o’clock news. In it the headline (give or take a word) said… “The UK economy didn’t shrink as much as expected during the last quarter, falling only 0.7%. The real question though is how long this recovery will be sustained.” Hold on, the economy SHRANK -0.7% in three months. That’s not...

Beware hidden Cialis

Recently we’ve heard that some of the weekly e-mails were being blocked by spam filters. Now this is nothing new; when you send out 3.7m emails a week, you constantly have to deal with random spam blocking, email clients’ (in)ability to receive and myriad other issues. Yet this one ended up coming from an interesting source. At...

Nightmare Knight Rider Ring…

A fortnight ago I got a new mobile handset (upgrade) and for the last couple of weeks people have been telling me “I get funny music instead of a ring when I call you”. I’ve been too busy to check this out until today, but when I did my jaw dropped: instead of hearing ringing when they...

Is MSE getting too Political on bank charges?

MoneySavingExpert.com has always been political (small p), but recently – as regular site users will be aware – the weekly email has gone Political, first including an email from Nick Clegg and this week from David Cameron. Both were replying to an open letter I’d written on bank charges reclaiming. While there’ve been many favourable responses from...

The private parking industry hits back…

In last week’s money tips email, we launched the brand new guide Fight Parking Fines. Many tickets are unenforceable… It’s been hugely popular with site users, but unsurprisingly, not with the British Parking Association, which represents private parking companies. It sent me a letter with some objections, both its and my reply are below…. Letter from the...

The free 50p paper.

Walking through the centre of London last night I was surprised to be handed a free newspaper. Other london dwellers will think my raised eyebrow odd, as this is a common occurence. Yet rather than one of the normal free sheets, it was a copy of the Evening Standard, which is normally 50p. Then I spotted the...

Property Porn.. revisiting a hypnotised nation…

How many household-name property pundits, interior designers & home experts can you name? Now the same for city or personal finance journalists? For all but extreme money nerds, I suspect the first group outnumbers the latter by 5-1 or more. This discrepancy is important: I’ve just given an academic journal an interview on economic decline, and the...

Oops… MSE does an unwitting DDOS…

The guide to buying repossessed property was a surprise hit in this week’s email. As always when we launch a new guide we’ve little idea of how popular it’ll be – and neither have the sites we include in it. Most can’t quite believe the sheer weight of traffic that comes from something popular in the weekly...

My minute-by-minute (political) day in the life…

It’s been a while since I blogged one of my days (see the ‘It’s a typical day’ blog)… Yesterday was a tough one, as I was hardcore tired after Tuesday (which is always a long day as I get picked up at 6:40ish in the morning to do GMTV, then focus on the weekly email for the...

Tesco to launch extra large condoms

I just got this press release. And as we’ve promised to keep you updated on all stories about endowment I thought I’d better blog it. —————————————————————————————————————- EXTRA LARGE CONDOMS TO GO ON SALE IN THE UK New extra large condoms for well endowed men are to go on sale across the UK from tomorrow. The condoms which...