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Mortgage Mole: June 2019

Intrepid Mole, digging up the stories behind the news

Make mine a double

Where to start with James Brokenshire? He’s certainly had a busy month. His comments about pensions and first-time buyers had the chattering classes setting fire to Twitter’s servers (sadly not permanently) – of which arguments for and against you can catch in Head to Head if you haven’t done so already – but even better was ‘oven-gate’.

Aside from most wags revealing a lack of knowledge of ovens being able to come with grills or microwaves attached (insisting that there were in fact two on display in a somewhat ill-judged photoshoot set in the MP’s kitchen), Mole was extremely pleased with the resulting memes. And he knows for a fact there is at least one regular reader who will appreciate the Star Trek joke, so he has insisted it be printed here.

High rise

Some readers may be aware that this month saw Mole’s place of residence and work (he puts in a lot of hours) change from central London to Croydon. Said change took a lot of tunnelling.

The new ‘digs’ are very pleasant, but two issues keep raising their heads and definitely need whacking. One, Mole now sniffs out stories on the 10th (!) floor. That is no place for a primarily subterranean creature to be.

And two: anybody know any good places to eat? In two weeks, Mole has visited the classic standby Pret 14 times. This is not sustainable. Email recommendations, please. Please. Please!

From top to bottom

This September, Guardian Financial Services chief executive Simon Davis and his son James will be cycling from Land’s End to John o’ Groats (a route otherwise known as LEJOG) in order to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Mole can think of few causes more worthy of tackling with every resource to hand.

You can donate by searching for ‘Simon and James’ on


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