This week, This is Money launched another campaign - and we have the private car parking sharks and the DVLA in our sights. We talk about the horrific cases of drivers being fined and penalised we have received from readers and listeners so far, ask how the DVLA is able to sell our details on without permission and what can be done about the menace – along with what we want changed. Elsewhere, editor Simon Lambert, assistant editor Lee Boyce and host Georgie Frost talk about Dave and Marcus. The latter is the Goldman Sachs backed offshoot offering savers 1.5 per cent interest – and has seen 50,000 people sign-up.
The former is Dave Fishwick, who has gone on a crowdfunding drive this week to try and raise up to £7million to help get his Burnley Savings and Loans venture a banking licence.
We also discuss Isas. We reveal why they are so good, why they should be part of most people's financial planning and how to become an Isa millionaire.
Lucy McCarraher has always worked in publishing, founding her first publishing house whilst she was still at university. She runs her own business-focused business, Rethink Press, and founded the Business Book Awards in 2017. She’s positive about about promoting women’s business writing; she admits to some bad days and bumps in the road in her own career! She’s also worked in television production, on series as diverse as ‘Go Wild’ for children and ‘The Lover’s Guide’ – a ground-breaking series on sexual relations.
On our podcast this week, Digital Manager Darren Grimes discussed the relationship between capitalism and Christianity with our Senior Academic Fellow Philip Booth and Father Marcus Walker, Rector of St Bartholomew’s Church in London. Following recent, seemingly anti-capitalist, interventions by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, they assessed the extent to which the Church of England can still be considered the “Conservative Party at Prayer”. They also examined the treatment of markets, free exchange and private property in scripture. Finally, they hypothesised that the decline of religion in our society has coincided with the growth of the State, and a growing sense that the government, not private institutions or families, should take responsibility for societal ills.
Adam talks to lifestyle transformation coach Joey Romeu about why busy people tend put their health on the backburner and the consequences. Joey explains how to start small and build habits that are sustainable rather than unrealistic goals. They discuss why diet is so important and that it’s not necessary to be perfect when it comes to health and fitness.
Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, looks at the general market sell-off as well as numbers from mid-cap housebuilders Telford Homes and Countryside Properties, recruitment companies Page Group and Hays and packaging group Mondi. He looks ahead to results from Unilever, Barratt Developments, ASOS and Intercontinental Hotels.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University wonders what Theresa May meant when she talked about ending "austerity" and what it means for the Conservatives. He also ponders the future of British Railways and wonders if the phenomenally successful Japanese railway system could provide a radical, privatised solution. Lastly, he looks at the looming debate on worker ownership.
James Cameron-Wilson exults in a bumper week at the box office with three films all taking £4m or more on their debut. He reviews the new movies, Venom, Johnny English Strikes Again and A Star Is Born, tipping one for Oscar success. Spoiler alert - It isn't Johnny English. He also looks at the release for home viewing of The Happy Prince, written and directed by and starring Rupert Everett.
Steve Caplin discusses a Saudi-invented car that lets you keep fit with bike pedals as you drive, at robot viticulturists, robot caterpillars that will crawl inside you (for medical reasons), at the moving tail you can control with your phone, a startup that aims to let you live forever, at least in your friends' memories and BAE's wearable cockpit.
Want to keep up with the latest earnings updates from the States? Well join Chris Hill and the Motley Fool Radio Show team here on Share Radio, direct from Washington DC, for news, views and analysis of the US stocks that matter. In this week's show: Unemployment hits a 49-year low; Tech giants may have been hacked by China; Elon Musk’s tweeting sends Tesla shares lower; Costco struggles with “material weakness”; And Tronc decides to change its name back to Tribune Publishing.
Rachel Kellett has worked in strategic planning and within education throughout her career, and is working on the new T-levels (technical levels) being rolled out from 2020. She is Head of Qualifications and Product Development at the Association of Accounting Technicians. She urges people not be afraid of ‘scaring to fail’, or who might be watching in favour of a bolder approach to career change. She’s also a keen equestrian who harbours an ambition to be a dressage judge.