Once again, Martin Lewis’ site MoneySavingExpert is running the annual ‘50 word manifesto‘ to encourage people to submit ideas “about little sensible changes that are more easy to implement, to improve the way Government works for consumers or better regulates business”.
I’ve written about this before but I think there is a further instructive point, which is that he asks for very specific, very do-able recommendations, not huge radical changes. I have spent far too long listening to people, businesses, charities saying they want something done about something or other but unable to provide specifics (I am probably as guilty as anyone else of this). If you say ‘but what specific regulations do you want changed?’ or ‘what is The Thing that is stopping you from doing that?’, you tend to get a blustery response along the lines of ‘well it’s all just a catastrophe and I wouldn’t start from here’.
As with so many things though, we are indeed starting from here so that’s where we need to begin.