Mortgage Mole: Hockey star and IFAs are the worst drivers


Intrepid Mole, digging up the stories behind the news

Veteran star

Mole is always impressed by the sporting achievements of our industry members and he was interested to hear that Skipton Building Society chief executive and hockey buff David Cutter has made it through to the finals of hockey’s national veterans cup.

Cutter previously represented Wales at hockey 51 times internationally and played for Yorkshire in his university days, so Mole fancies his chances and wishes him all the best out on the field.

Virgin on the rebellious

Mole hears it is all safety pins, ripped jeans and colourful mohicans over at Virgin Money these days.

The lender is celebrating 40 years of punk by releasing a credit card with 40 months’ interest-free credit for balance and money transfers, available for 40 days. Mole understands the card will feature Sex Pistols-themed artwork.

Some of the industry’s ageing rockers may argue that punk really began in 1977 rather than 1976, but Mole applauds Virgin for doing something a bit different.

What are they driving at?

This week Mole learned something that probably many of you had suspected all along: some of the worst drivers in the UK work in financial services.

A study of insurance claims by 1st Central found that accountants, solicitors, doctors and financial advisers were the biggest menaces on the roads.

The mortgage industry specifically does not appear to have made it onto the list but Mole imagines this is some sort of clerical oversight.