As much as I can appreciate that finances should be private to some extent, and that individuals have a right to be considered separately from their partners, I just can't imagine keeping a secret credit card or putting lots of effort into hiding big purchases from my partner on a regular basis. I certainly wouldn't dream of hiding £100,000 from him!
If you are rich and over 25 you really are living the dream thanks to Mr Osborne and his little red box. It's absolutely excellent to see restrictions being lifted on inheritance tax and your banker mates getting financially rewarded for taking ridiculous risks, life is good. So you are under 25? Oh, that is a bit more awkward, sorry about that!
Successful people come from all backgrounds, you can be a success at any age and men and women have every chance of being a success at what they do. This means that personality traits and actions are more likely to be an indicator of success, and these are some of the traits you will find in a broad range of successful people.
Osborne's new framework is a joke, but reveals the contempt the Conservatives have for the democratic will of parliament. Any future (chartalist) government will be able to revoke the framework, returning the Treasury to a subordinate position. Until then, British democracy will have been weakened by the arbitrary, self-imposed "rules" that serve only a few and narrow interests.
In the last year of my twenties, the recession hit at the same time as I took a marketing position in the financial services sector. It made me realise that living in financial airy fairy land is not conducive to a healthy, happy life. My thirties have been spent trying to undo the damage I did the decade before.
The UK's stress and personal debt statistics speak for themselves. And the way things are right now, they don't make for a pretty sight. The long cycle of downturn to recovery doesn't feel like it's fully over yet. Maybe reading the news headlines hasn't helped my optimism - they do have a tendency to relay information in a brutal and stark kind of way. Here are some examples of this very phenomenon in action: