The ability to transmute base metal into gold is a very neat trick. So neat, in fact that, as the record shows, it has never, for all the perspiration of the world’s best brains since the dawn of time, been accomplished.
The reverse is very much easier, and this is the specialism of today’s alchemists – or capitalists, as they have rebranded themselves. Turning hard-earned wages into shit is the specialism of the financial services industry. A forked-tongued charmer wheedles good money from decent folk, pours it into a financial product and hey presto! Shit!
The tragic photo above shows the stark corse of regular blog reader and recreational share trader T Chatterton who died of a seizure this morning after reading his Daily Telegraph. Cause of death? This advice to investors in Dignity by stocks and shares pundit Questor. Sell.
Sell? Why? Questor cites another pundit, Franc Gregor of Charles Stanley:
“We continue to be concerned about pre-arranged funerals and whether these are truly assets in the form of future potential funerals to be performed, or liabilities in the sense that funding may not match the sums needed to perform these funerals at suitable profitability.”
Yes, Dignity’s pre-need plans are beginning to look decidedly sub-prime, a bad bet on nobbut a bubble. Bad cess to them and may they rot, etc. Doubtless, at Dignity HQ, the hushed talk is all about cost savings, the new term for shit service.
My thanks to Mr Chatterton’s family and friends for their courage in sending me this photo, which they hope will act as a warning to all those who might be tempted, on a reckless impulse, to buy something too good to be true. We hope that Age UK, registered charity, will think again about offering this potentially shoddy product to the trusting public.
Should my views lack balance, ye are hereby to declare it.
Telegraph piece here.
Age UK Funeral Plans
4 King Edwards Court
King Edwards Square
West Midlands B73 6AP
Dignity Funerals Ltd,
4 King Edwards Court,
King Edward Square,
West Midlands, B73 6AP