One of the effects of getting old is increasing scattiness …
In some people’s view, accountancy firms do more harm than good. But at least one of the Big Four British accountancy firms, KPMG, has a use. As someone pointed out, it is a mnemonic worth reciting as you leave your house: Keys, Phone, Money, Glasses.
I am unlikely to forget my glasses. Unlike many oldies, I am short-sighted, and would immediately notice if I went out without having them on my face. Still, it does no harm having the reminder there. I don’t have a phone, but fortunately there is a convenient substitute: Pass. This is the thing I am most likely to forget. I keep my bus pass in my shirt pocket, and when I change my shirt I am quite likely to forget to pick it up and put it in the new pocket. I did just that today, which is why this is in my mind – I had a meeting in the centre of town. Fortunately, London is a walkable city.
The government (and others, including the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London last time round) keep threatening to take our bus passes away, to save a bit of money in these austere times. In fact, I don’t think it is quite so simple. I am sure that, since it is so easy, old people get out and about more than they otherwise would; I am also sure that this is good for them. So there is probably a substantial saving to the health service (and indeed, the increasing cost of healthcare for the elderly is one of the serious problems).
Clearly, the government have not taken a holistic approach to this. The post here may be good reading for them (as well as pointing to one of the more intriguing titles for an academic paper I have come across recently).
It surely can’t be beyond these people on huge salaries and bonuses to produce an accounting system which would properly account for things like this.
Over to you, KPMG …