A Senior Moment: Should we ditch pins for a digit?

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I doubt I am the only oldie to be somewhat ambivalent about the benefits of the new biometric finger-readers announced by Barclays last week.

It seems only yesterday the virtues of chip and pin were being extolled to a gullible public as the ultimate solution to credit card fraud. And now we’re being told to ditch the pin for a digit. Is someone trying to extract the Mickey I wonder? And how does it work anyway I have to ask? There doesn’t seem that much difference between a “vein profile” and a fingerprint to me except - maybe on the way to the bank, we have to get a blood sample from our GP. So is this all part of a massive 1984 style plot? We might never know by George. And if we do, it’ll be too late.

Actually you really don’t know who or what to believe these days do you? Apart from the incongruity of an arms fair at a gathering of international peacemakers, it seems companies - who paid £300,000, for the “honour” of showing off their military hardware to Nato summit delegates, considered that they had “been sold a pup,” with little interest being shown in the exhibits. On the other side of the coin - refuting the criticism, a UK Trade and Industry spokesman insisted “We have been really busy.”

But what did they expect? I mean fighter jets and tanks on a golf course? It just isn’t British is it?

Speaking of which, it’s only a matter of days now until our Scottish friends decide whether to love us or leave us. It obviously won’t affect my generation but for the sake of my grand and great grandchildren, I do hope all those young folk up there – craftily given a vote in the referendum, won’t be too swayed in their youthful ignorance by empty promises and dubious statistics. It seems tragic an alliance which has stood the test of time for so long – a rarity indeed imperfect though it might be, is in jeopardy for the sake of a massive ego trip and with such immeasurable risk. The baby and bathwater analogy comes only too readily to mind!

I see a woman who dug up and stole a front lawn in Lancashire, has been jailed for three months. Was the CCTV evidence her undoing I wonder – or was she simply grassed-up? I also see that pensioner Frances Cheatham has been ordered to stop feeding birds in the grounds of her home in Leyfield Court in Cheshire, run by the Chester and District Housing Trust. Apparently there have been “numerous complaints” about “ the feathers, droppings, dust and seed” in the communal garden, resulting in an investigation involving the police, environmental health specialists and housing trust officials. Was she really creating a “risk of spreading disease and other health hazards”? Seems to me the phrase ‘storm in a tea-cup’ might well be replaced by ‘furore in a bird feeder.’

And I bet that story has been tweeted around the country.