Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 13th February 2016

Even though I've not been able to individually reply to your hundreds of emails, I have now read them all.  It is interesting to see how much of what I write resonates with you - the older generation.

One lovely lady in particular - with whom I did enter into correspondence because she asked my advice on a 'Mother of the bride'  outfit- wrote about her and her husband's frustrations.  I asked if I could replicate them here without identifying her and she agreed.

This is what she said 

We have spent much time in Andalusia, Spain during the past 10 years and love the people and specially love THERE IS NO AGEISM there! Since returning here ….. my husband and I are horrified at the ageism and feel so unwanted and a real nuisance when they keep pointing out what a burden we are to society!

Like you, we are always respectful when visiting other countries and would never try to change things!

I too would love to live in France. What a misunderstood generation we are?? The Brown and Blair Government asset stripped our pensions and now they turn on us for being a burden!!!! Duh!!! Being born at the end of the war we had very little as there was rationing until well into the 50’s but most of us were happy!

I do wish someone would make a programme on our generation and how it was when we grew up - rationing, simple food, many slums in the country, saving up for things we wanted - no credit cards!!!

Well done that you successfully fought Equitable - we were with them too - my husband has been paying into some sort of set up which has taken them to high court and the european court but all to no avail! My MP said there has been a lot of covering up as the Treasury were at fault too! I love that you managed to sort them out! Congratulations Jan! Sometimes men seem to make things so complicated!!??

You are so right about the political correctness - drives me nuts!!! Brown and Blair did so much damage nationally and internationally!! It really blows my mind the damage they caused!

I did fight the Equitable for 5 years with the help of a delightful Pensions Expert and I did win a sort of victory.  I should have received roughly £10-£12,000 a year for the remainder of my life.  The Ombudsman ruled in my favour - and the way the Equitable fought me you'd have thought my Pension to be in the region of £120,000 a year.  I was 'awarded' an Annuity of £7,000 a  year which was purchased through the Equitable - my expert had no say in the matter.  But - I did a lot better than some for which I am grateful.  That pension represented 25 years of squirrelling away money when I could afford it.  How I wish I'd put it into Property instead.  Still as they say'If - if and buts were candy and nuts, what a wonderful world it would be.

I feel that those in Government forget they are supposed to be our 'Servants' - not the other way round. I no longer feel we live in a Democratic Society.  As always it is the vociferous minority who win out over the silent majority.   When people complain to me in conversation I always ask if they have bothered to write to their local M.P or whoever voicing their concerns.  The usual reply is 'Why bother - nobody listens and it won't make a difference"  Our MP's are not mind readers and if we allow them to be surrounded by panderers and those who shout loud, then we have only ourselves to blame.


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