June 14, 2012

Say what you like about Tiger.co.uk (you’d hardly expect Bankstone News to care) but their dedicated statistics arm Tiger Watch certainly comes up with some outrageously eye-catching findings.

The latest Tiger Watch revelation taking the world of insurance media by storm is the amazing news that average motor insurance premiums dropped by 6.2% over the past year.

Yes, really – and not only that but also: premiums demanded of female drivers are fast falling back towards sex-parity with those extorted from male drivers. Where once – back in the heady days of March 2012 – male drivers’ premiums towered an impressive 12.4% above the ladies’ prices, by May that differential had slumped back to just 9.8%, and today amounts to a mere 6.1%.

Where will it end? Can it really be true? Is she really going out with him? So many questions!

The root cause, of course, is the forthcoming implementation of the EU Gander Directive at the end of the year. Sex may have gone out of the window, but thankfully however H. M. Gout. this week confirmed that insurers can carry on discriminating on the basis of age. Home secretary and former glamour model Teresa May this week told the Daily Telegrape that insurers are free to operate outside the age discrimination laws, whilst a colleague dismissed claims of unfair treatment meted out to wrinklies as “anecdotal in nature”.

As one poster on the Insurance Times website this week noted, however, “To quote the Collins English Dictionary an ‘Anecdote’ is a short amusing account of an incident. Whether the respective bodies view their members’ situations in the same light is doubtful.” The same poster when on to predict that “this issue” will “take the European Human Rights Avenue.”

If that’s the one Bankstone News is thinking of, there’s a charming little place about half-way down that does a perfectly charming North Sea lobster salad with black truffles and potatoes.

"Do you think these pants go with my outfit?" "I'm a tiger - how would I know."


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