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Moneybox with Paul Lewis.

God, I hate that programme. I’ve just accidentally caught a bit of it on Radio 4 and it’s brought me out in hives. It’s such a petty, parsimonious little programme about things like avoiding tax on your savings, the pros and cons of switching energy suppliers and the folly of not having a pension. Its listeners are the sort of people who say “A penny saved is a penny earned” and I despise them all. I’m more a spender than a saver because ultimately, money has no other purpose. Meanness is such a horrible character trait because it’s seldom confined to money. Mean people are mean with their time, their love and practically anything else they might be expected to give. Here’s a famously frugal pensioner who, I’m sure, tunes in every week. The lyrics of this song he wrote fifty years ago are particularly mean. We should have known then.

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