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To think that the BBCs economics editor should know the NMW?

(15 Posts)
ArgyMargy Mon 22-Dec-14 08:50:16

I like Robert Peston but he has let himself down on the Today programme this morning. He didn't even come close - after a bit of bluster he said £7.20. I think if you are economics editor for the BBC you really should have a better grasp of minimum wage rates.

WastingMyYoungYears Mon 22-Dec-14 08:53:09

YANBU shock.

Is it £5 something? 13? 17?

Longtalljosie Mon 22-Dec-14 08:55:08

He probably does - has nothing ever gone clean out of your head before?

radiobedhead Mon 22-Dec-14 08:56:12

Anyone under pressure can forget one of the million things they know.

AuntieStella Mon 22-Dec-14 08:59:13

He's only a few pence off the non-London new living wage figure. It could be temporary muddle between the figures, especially if he were about to discuss a different aspect of the economy.

notsogoldenoldie Mon 22-Dec-14 09:57:10

Yes, there's lots of variations on the minimum wage now, particularly now the living wage is (hopefully) on the horizon. Is £6.50 for a non-London adult, yes? So yanbu, but frankly I'd forgive RP anything as I have an unseemly crush on himblushfblush

fredfredgeorgejnr Mon 22-Dec-14 10:04:49

We're long past the age of where having instant recollection of facts is important, facts are available to us whenever and wherever we want. The skill I want in an economics editor is economics knowledge, a skill at explaining the complicated situations etc.


WastingMyYoungYears Mon 22-Dec-14 10:10:13

Ah, it's £6.50 if you're over 21, and £5.13 if you're 18-21.

R4roger Mon 22-Dec-14 10:13:32

it varies, and i wont take any criticism against him, i think he is great. fgrin

R4roger Mon 22-Dec-14 10:14:26

oh, same as notsogolden.
how funny fgrin

inconceivableme Tue 23-Dec-14 00:09:18

No, I heard that too and cringed. And I generally really like and rate Peston.

TheOldestCat Wed 24-Dec-14 14:12:38

Everyone can forget something, especially when under pressure. I think he's fab and does a top job.

toomuchtooold Wed 24-Dec-14 14:24:39

No YANBU. I think the great and good should at least give the impression that they grasp the facts of life for low and non-earners, otherwise how can you trust their economic analysis? Poor people are usually most affected by any change in economic conditions or policy so they should be at the front of policymakers and journalists' minds.

Amummyatlast Wed 24-Dec-14 15:31:13

It changes every year and there are several variations, so YABU. I never bother memorising the new rates since I can look them up anytime I need to know them.

dottytablecloth Wed 24-Dec-14 15:33:04

I forgot how to spell my daughter's name before! blush

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