Oh, Fer Cryin’ Out Loud!

Which? is rapidly becoming a sop for the control freaks –  a hectoring, nannying, patronising irrelevance. An object lesson in its assumption that we are all epsilons comes with the call to regulate comparison sites.

Price comparison websites should be regulated because the information they provide is not always fair, a consumer group has said.

The consumers’ association Which? said some sites gave misleading quotes on insurance policies and could cause customers to spend more than necessary.

Initial prices could seem very cheap because some sites automatically pre-selected certain options, it said.

Oh, for fuck, fucking, fuckitty, fuck’s sake; words fail me. So, fucking uncheck the preselected options. That’s what I do. I’ve used these sites extensively and have saved a small fortune on insurance and energy costs. They are simple to use –  even the average epsilon can manage it. Fuck me, even Meercats get to use ’em. Uh, oh, so they ain’t real? oh, well…

The consumer group said this discrepancy could be partly explained by some comparison sites making assumptions about the driver.

For example, one decided that she would park her car on the road overnight. That small detail made her premium £83 more expensive than if she had specified that she would leave it in her garage.

Which? argued that comparison sites gave the impression that there was no need to go anywhere else but, in fact, they did not cover the whole market.

Sigh… That’s why when seeking motor insurance, I used several sites and did my own comparisons across all of them. For the cars, Confused came up with the best quotes and for the bike it was Go Compare. Those Meercats came way down the league. God, but it isn’t difficult, any cretin with a mouse can do it. And, yes, they make some assumptions. Again, it isn’t difficult to disabuse them by un-checking boxes and reapplying for a quote that is more accurate. Any fool can manage that.

So, what does Which? want to do about us stupid folk who can’t navigate comparison websites without the great and good of Which? to nanny us? They want them regulated. So, not satisfied with the government poking about micro managing what we eat, drink and smoke, they want them to mess about in how we use comparison websites. Already government has taken on far more than its remit should ever have stretched. So, no, comparison websites do not need regulating. Which? quite frankly can fuck the fuck off and stay fucked off.

Why is it that the hard of thinking feel that every little problem needs to be resolved by the dead hand of the state interfering with yet more binge legislation? Jeebus!

Cross posted from Longrider.

7 comments for “Oh, Fer Cryin’ Out Loud!

  1. john in cheshire
    March 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    LR, well said. It’s a pity that, probably, no one at Which? will read your wise words. But then, in my mind the words I can’t get out of my mind, are there again; namely, ‘the issue is not the issue’. I suspect that the Consumers Association has also been infected with Common Purpose types who are looking for ways to stir up unrest.

    • March 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      They’ve been infected with something and it ain’t common sense…

  2. March 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Oh, for fuck, fucking, fuckitty, fuck’s sake; words fail me. So, fucking uncheck the preselected options. That’s what I do. I’ve used these sites extensively and have saved a small fortune on insurance and energy costs.

    Think that just about sums it up.

  3. John
    March 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    One suspects that “WHICH” might have a vested interest in seeing regulation and costs heaped on price comparison websites.

    It must be a bit shit when the world moves onto the internet when looking for product recommendation and leaves you behind…

  4. Dave_G
    March 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Where can I find a comparison site comparison site?

  5. The Nameless Libertarian
    March 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    A certain percentage of the population are lackwits. Perhaps not an edifying assertion, but true nonetheless. Unfortunately, they often tend to be the people with the biggest voices, and so they complain. To the likes of Which?, who are able to put the incessant jabbering of these cretins into more coherent terms. For, as John alludes to, reasons that might be a little less philanthropic than they would like you to think. And then a government comes along… a government in need of a populist headline because, say, parts of their budget went down like a cup of warm sick. So the government jumps on the bandwagon, and we end up with legislation designed for those who cannot uncheck a box on a fucking price comparison site. Or we end up with alcohol minimum pricing. And so on, ad fucking nauseam. Until we end up being ruled by an unholy trio of the stupidiest in society, vested interests and panicking wouldbe populist politicians desperate for a soundbite that floats the boat of the editor of The Daily Mail.

    Which is why we’re fucked, basically, until everyone can clock that part of being an adult is growing up and taking responsibility for what you do. And it is so telling – and so depressing – that in our society such a basic, common sense assertion should simultaneously be a radical proposition.

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