'Giving evidence & swearing at the Treasury Select Committee' blog discussion

This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's blog. Please read the blog first, as this discussion follows it.

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  • jazabelle
    jazabelle Posts: 1,707 Forumite
    Well done! Sounds like you handled it very well. I can't say I'd enjoy being cross-examined like that. Let's hope they take notice of what you've said.
    "There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow." - Orison Swett Marden
  • The_Zealot
    Lets hope they do something about it. Martin mentioned so many injustices going on, it affecting so many thousands of good people, things really need to change, and quickly.

    In the mean time, we can only hope.

    Well done Martin, you did something great today, and cannot be commended enough.
  • JimmyTheWig
    JimmyTheWig Posts: 12,199 Forumite
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    Am intrigued as to which swear word you used. Was it a bad one?

    Either way, I don't blame you. It is a rediculous suggestion that we should have to pay to sort out the banks' mistakes. [Trying not to think of the whole recession here!]
    Surely they should be charging the banks for every complaint upheld...
    You did a brilliant job Martin,

    Ive been affected by many of the issues you put forward.

    The points you made that were important to me were:-
    explanation not just information,
    financial education in schools (and adults!)
    the banks not automatically rejecting complaints
    The FOS having the ability to flag recurring issue like PPI.
    My own single premium PPI case (£12,000 worth) is still waiting to be referred to an adjudicator 2 years and 8 months since the company received my first letter of complaint.

    I would vote for you to be the peoples champion, You're definitely my champion anyway.
    “most people give up just as they are about to achieve success”
    If you think you are going through hell keep going - Sir Winston Churchill
    If You Can't Change It, Change the Way You Think About It.
    SW, 13st5lb, -4 1/2, -1,(12st13.5lbs)
  • jobbingmusician
    Martin, I think you're in a very special position. And one the govt should appreciate.

    You have the ear of over 2 million people on this site and through your email. The forum is a fascinating place, where real people express their real problems and financial 'wants'. (If I was doing my master's now, this forum would be a great Social Policy dissertation!)

    I believe that you do really try to represent your constituency, and can only hope the govt appreciates that you have a mandate to do this in a way very few of them actually share :o
    I was a board guide here for many years, but have now resigned. Amicably, but I think it reflects very poorly on MSE that I have not even received an acknowledgement of my resignation! Poor show, MSE.

    This signature was changed on 6.4.22. This is an experiment to see if anyone from MSE picks up on this comment.
  • Errata
    Errata Posts: 38,230 Forumite
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    You may have sworn whilst responding to the committee, but you won't have sworn 'on Hansard'
    Hansard is not a verbatim report, which is why we were able to understand what John Prescott thought he said but didn't.
    .................:)....I'm smiling because I have no idea what's going on ...:)
  • nick_b
    nick_b Posts: 219 Forumite
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    Martin says "people haven't got a bloody clue what it means". I'm sure you hear worse on the floor of the Commons!
  • thebigbosh
    "...a Consumer Minister who, like the womens minister, is solely focused on consumer issues."

    Strange... I thought the women's minister was focused on women's issues? :rotfl:
    School is important, but Rugby is importanter.
  • lemontart
    lemontart Posts: 6,037 Forumite
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    the fact that they asked you to come and talk or be questioned by them illustrates to me that the power of this site and its members led is a force that the goverment is concerned about as we are making a difference on a lot of levels be it to each individual here saving money, avoiding scams, finding bargains etc or effecting a change in ways those who want our custom operate
    I am responsible me, myself and I alone I am not the keeper others thoughts and words.
  • mommame
    mommame Posts: 279 Forumite
    Right Martin, 2 questions.

    1.When are they going to give you your knighthood.

    2.Why didn't you tell them YOU are our peoples champion :A:A:A:A:A:A:A
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