Just a quick update on the joys of renewing my Labour Party membership. Ring! Ring! Good morning, Mr Kenyon. Tracey here from the HSBC Fraud department. Would you mind answering a few security questions, then we can get going......
Admittedly, there was a payment in Euros in the list from one of my favourite High Speed rail companies, iDTGV offering Paris - Bordeaux - tix for as low as 19 Euros each way.
But in the list of recent payments, I couldn't help laughing, was my £21.50 unwaged rate subscription renewal to the Labour Party. Yes, I confessed wearily to Tracey, that's one I'll own up to. To its credit within hours, the Labour Party MemberCentre database now acknowledges that I am paid up.
Whatever insults are being hurled at bankers, I'm most grateful that in this instance due diligence was exercised on my behalf.