The Money Shot –a question of trust

The Money Shot's trust in tatters, yesterday
  • | by Kristian Dando

Taking potshots from afar at the nefarious activities of bankers has become something of a stock in trade for the Money Shot. It’s also not averse to riffing on the notoriously greasy practices of estate agents and their confounded branded Minis in the name of easy satirical LOLs either.

But, in light of a bit of research from consumer organisation Which?, the Shot is laughing on the other side of its face. It transpires that journalism – the profession which, at a stretch, The Money Shot belongs to – is trusted even less than the high rollers in the city.

Sure, The Money Shot may have played fast and loose with the odd embargo in its time. Yes, it might well have selectively not heard that some tantalising gossip dripped into its ear was apparently “off the record.” And, no, those rumours of it rooting around the bins outside the Bank of England for a cheap scoop have never been confirmed.  But it’s a sobering thought that its calling is held in lower esteem than the professions which brought us hits like 2008: A Banking Odyssey and Honey! I’ve Bought A Heap of House For Well Over The Odds. What would mother think of us?

So, while The Money Shot goes and ponders a career in a more reputable field – perhaps as a nightclub promoter, personal injury lawyer or football agent – it will take solace in the fact that it didn’t pick up the trustworthiness wooden spoon.  That dubious honour went to politicians.


It’s all kicking off on Monday night, and you’ll be able to follow the action unfold by using the ‘hash tag’ #cashchat. If that's not enough, we’ve got a Kindle Touch 3G ‘e-reader’ to give away EVERY TEN MINUTES for lucky tweeters. Here's a bit more info, should you require it.

See you there.


Around 600,000 private sector workers will be automatically placed into pensions. Those currently earning more than £8,105 and working for a firm which is affected will be automatically enrolled in the scheme, providing their employer has more than 12,000 people on the books.  "Automatic enrolment will get up to nine million more people saving into a workplace pension and for many it will be the first time they have had the opportunity to save” boomed work and pensions secretary IDS.

Thousands of REALLY COOL people have been getting in a lather about the iPhone 5, which is released today. Some folk, who really should have better things to be getting on with, have been queuing up outside those vaguely sinister Apple Stores since Monday to get their hands on one must-have contraption, doubtless ‘Instagramming’ fascinating pictures of their quest as they go. This leaves the Money Shot to wonder when somebody is going to get round to developing a Getting A Sense of Blooming Perspective ‘app’.

Britain's first anti-hacking insurance policy has been launched by information privacy firm Allow.

House prices have squeezed themselves into a pair of old Speedos and taken a dip.

Slap-headed funnyman Omid Dajili has been caught driving without insurance.

A Devon woman took this week's tedious Talk Like a Pirate Day festivities too far when she tried to comandeer a ferry in her home county, bellowing "I'M JACK SPARROW!" at her fellow passengers. The lady, 51, was apparently hepped up on booze and illegal street drugs after enjoying a two day 'bender'.


Daniel Bevis was on hand to inform us that having a family didn’t necessarily mean acquiescing to the demands of driving a boring car.

Fashion-conscious bargainista (or should that be bargain-concious fashionista?) Ruth Dawson made her Covered mag debut with this collection of shrewd retail tips.

There was a word from Penny Golightly regarding our forthcoming #cashchat (see above)


The world bid a long, not-so-sad goodbye to a relic of the Soviet Union’s this week, as the final Lada Classic trundled off the AutoVAZ factory line after four decades in production.

The notoriously unreliable and aesthetically challenging car, once described by telly motormouth Jeremy Clarkson as “simply the worst car ever made" sold over 17 million vehicles worldwide and spawned nearly twice as many desperately unfunny jokes.