Tuesday, 10 July 2012


Yesterday was a unique experience for me. I left home at 4am to get to Media City in Salford to appear on Radio5 Live's excellent show, Wake up to Money at 5.45am. An hour or so later and after a swift trip to a very genial make-up lady I made my national TV debut on BBC Breakfast. The topic under discussion was the behaviour of Claims Management Companies and the blizzard of bogus PPI claims that building societies are currently having to contend with, despite our recent complaint to the Minstry of Justice about the volume of "no sale" claims.  My trio of media moments was completed by an interview with Radio Scotland on the same topic, although I was very tempted to join in the discussion about Andy Murray's amazing efforts at Wimbledon the previous day. Reflecting on a very special start to my working week I have to admit the experience was a bit nervewracking but hugely enjoyable. I also found myself looking across the Salford Quays from the 2nd floor of the BBC building in admiration of the scale of regeneration that has been achieved there, and wondering why such an ambitious City-scape didn't happen in Stoke a few years ago when the will and the available capital seemed to be at a peak.    

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