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'Why David Cameron writing for MoneySavingExpert is not 'biased' blog discussion

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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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  • bexster1975
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    I'm not sure likening yourselves to the papers is the way to go. I suspect the anger being expressed ( which I have not read so don't know) pertains to the fact that we are surrounded by political agenda pushing and people hope MSE is above that. This is clearly not the case. The public are fully aware of the implications of pension reform, hence the reason why many people are making their own provision for old age.

    Bexster :)
  • fermi
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    I'm about as far from a fan of Cameron and the Conservatives as you can get, but honestly I don't have a problem with this.

    I have a BIG problem with him and his party, and even their policy in this area, but not for allowing this article/blog in particular.

    It's been done in a cards on the table way with a right of reply, and context explained.

    And it's stimulated debate, which in itself is healthy.
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  • torbrex
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    David Cameron is 'bonkers', 'biased' and 'showing his true colours'

    Hats off to MSE for allowing him to prove it on this site :)
  • fermi
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    torbrex wrote: »
    David Cameron is 'bonkers', 'biased' and 'showing his true colours'

    Hats off to MSE for allowing him to prove it on this site :)

    That is another way of looking at it. :rotfl:
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  • canterswest
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    torbrex wrote: »
    David Cameron is 'bonkers', 'biased' and 'showing his true colours'

    Hats off to MSE for allowing him to prove it on this site :)

    And it's not a blog post, it is published as a news story.

    As MSE says it has approached politicians for previous articles, I don't believe David Cameron asked to write for MSE, as claimed. I don't believe David Cameron wrote the article. Martin Lewis did write his wonderful title, and his was a blog post!
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    https://mobile.twitter.com/HelenKnapman/status/535002135440928768

    MSE contacts Labour, needs some political cover quick.
  • jamesd
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    Some time ago MSE here mentioned a survey about savings for retirement. I gave a detailed reply outlining the reasons why current pension rules forced me not to use pensions for aspects of retirement planning because I couldn't get access to the money at a suitable rate. That survey was cited in the reasons why documents for the new pension plans, which effectively eliminate the reasons I gave not to use pensions.

    A degree of political engagement is useful.
  • uneasy
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    So for those having a go, I think perhaps you needed to have done your research first.
    I think it's safe to assume a nerve has been well & truly hit ;)
    Our site’s stance is strictly apolitical.
    That may well be the aspiration, but clearly, the publishing of such an article that has been perceived by many readers not only here, but on twitter too, as supporting a specific political party, especially on the eve of a very important by-election was perhaps not the wisest editorial decision.

    That is something that hopefully Martin will take time out later to reflect upon, once he has calmed down.
  • Futuristic
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    Just state you're getting paid a very healthy amount for MP guest posts already
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