Banks And Loyalty

Jan Leeming

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Jan's Blog

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: 22nd September 2011


Back in Grumpy old Woman mode. I have had a Bank Account with Barclays all my adult life - some 45 years worth. For some reason 25 years ago they awarded me a Premier Card which gave me access to a Bank Manager if necessary - (do you remember when we all had access to the friendly Bank Manager resident at the Bank and viewable by appointment if not in the Wardrobe!) and a few other benefits of which I never availed myself believing that one lives within ones means and doesn’t borrow.

Now I learn that because I don’t have £50,000 in a deposit account my Premier status will be taken away. Even if I had £50,000 I certainly wouldn’t leave it in the Bank on their derisory interest rates.

So what price loyalty! And don’t talk to me about greedy bankers - we bail them out courtesy of our Government and they still walk away with the kind of bonuses about which must of us couldn’t even dream.

When I was younger and had a mortgage I can remember the Interest rate going up to 15% and having to dip into savings to pay it. Now, on a pension and fixed income I can only look aghast at the way savers are treated. I’ve often laughingly quoted the words of a song - The Rich get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer - but it was official in a paper a few weeks ago - the Rich are 1% better off (a large sum when one has millions) and the rest of us are actually worse off - the Middle Hard Working Classes always being squeezed till the pips squeak.


Are you getting fed up with the number of firms who now expect you to print off their multi-page instructions etc. using your paper and ink. My travel insurance is with a very good firm who specialize in the over 50‘s. When I did my annual renewal the young lady told me to print off the documenation which was on line. It was 28 pages long and with a big yellow border on each page. I rang back and said I wasn’t prepared to use up my paper and ink to which she responded that they would send me the actual document if I paid them £3.75 - so I did.

However the biscuit must be taken by BA. I recently took a brave pill and decided to try and book in on-line. I was only going to Berlin and reckoned that if I messed up anything, there’s be another plane later in the day (unlike when one is going to the other side of the world). I obviously did everything according to plan and when I went to print off the Boarding Pass - what did I get - an A4 sheet of paper - half was the Pass and the other half - wait for it - was taken up with Duty Free adverts and they had the cheek to print a cut line half way across the page. So I ended up paying with my paper and ink for adverts I didn’t request, need or want.

I’ve had my grump so I’ll use up my Blog photo by showing you something lovely - a photo from the Italian Garden at Hever Castle in Kent. 


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