An open letter to the energy select committee about comparison sites

This week the energy select committee took evidence from five comparison sites about energy switching, and in plain parlance, they gave them a kicking. While it made interesting watching on the BBC Parliament channel, I’m slightly concerned that it may unwittingly end up doing more harm than good – as you’ll see explained in my letter below....

What happened to the £10m I promised to donate to charity?

Update: 3 November 2016: A new version of this blog is now available here: What happened to the £10m (now £20m) I promised to donate to charity? In June 2012 I pledged, as part of the announcement that MSE was joining the MSM group, that charities would receive £10 million. So for transparency’s sake I want to...

Labour’s plan to cut tuition fees to £6,000 is a financially illiterate policy

Labour has long touted that it may cut English tuition fees to £6,000 if elected. Today university chiefs wrote a letter about the proposal that made the front pages, saying that they’d struggle to survive on such a drop of income. Yet as I explained a year ago when it was first mooted, the biggest problem with...

Top 10 blogs 2014 – from a ‘Zara trick’ to ‘My five rules for a happy relationship’ and ‘Erudio sell out’

No spiel, no chatter – just in true nerd style a list. Here are my top 10 blogs by numbers of readers from 2014.  1. Does the Santander 123 3% interest beat the top cash ISA? 2. Buy Zara clothes at a fraction of the cost, and get a flight thrown in 3. The trick to access...

Can you believe what the bank tells you?

Rushing between filming and meetings last week, I got into a cab to be greeted by a driver who’d got both PPI and bank charges back after reading guides on this site. He told me he had a very simple question to ask: "Can you believe what the bank tells you?" In light of the number of...

MoneySavingExpert voted one of the UK’s top 10 ‘brands’

We’ve had some good news in MSE Towers this week – again we’ve been voted one of the UK’s top 10 ‘brands’ in the YouGov Brand Buzz Index. We’ve actually been in the top 10 a couple of times before (see MoneySavingExpert: a stronger brand than iTunes) but not for one or two years, (bouncing around the...

Warning: Govt may retrospectively hike student loan costs – if it does I pledge to organise protest

Update: 6 July 2015: Sadly, since I first wrote this blog, the likelihood of the Government freezing the student loan repayment threshold – and thus retrospectively increasing the cost of student loans – has increased. There have been more mutterings from policy wonks, plus the former Minister for Universities (though no longer an MP), David Willetts, –...

12 important questions I have for Peppa Pig

In the last six months Peppa Pig has become an important part of my life. Baby MSE is only allowed to watch TV (max 15 mins a day) when we watch it with her, so it’s a social activity – and its Daddy’s job to do so. That means as she loves the little pink girl, I’m...