You’d think Gordon Brown, our glorious PM, would have better things to do than to keep calling me all the time, especially when all he’s selling (by the sounds of it) is dodgy debt management facilities. But no, morning noon and night I’m plagued by his unwanted and unasked for telephone calls. I can guarantee that as soon as we get Tom down for a sleep or a midday nap the sodding phone will ring and the recorded message will kick in once more.
Recorded message? Yes...
See, Gordon isn’t actually calling live.
And, if I’m honest, it isn’t actually Gordon.
But the posh voice on the other end of the line is very keen to let me know that he’s calling from a “Government backed” debt management company, so Gordon Brown is definitely in the loop somewhere.
(Government backed? Makes me think of coups in other countries for some reason... hey ho...)
The annoying thing is if you hang up they just call back the next day. If you dial 9 as requested to be removed from their call-list you just know your telephone number has now been confirmed as “live” and other cold callers will start snaking their way through your communications defences. And dialing 1471 (caller ID) only presents you with the galling announcement that the originating number has been withheld.
So they get hold of my number to harass me but withhold their own number so I can’t trace them to complain?! Gits!
In the end I’ve had no choice but to bite the bullet and dial 9. So far so good. Nobody else has rung but it’s another black mark in Gordon’s copy book to my thinking.
All I need now is to find out that I’ve been charged for the bloody calls. I imagine it’s a great way to generate revenue.
Or maybe Gordon is paying for them himself on his expense account?
Now that, folks, is real debt management.