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BAFTA Favourites: Darkest Hour

A BAFTA hopeful is the film, “Darkest Hour”. A key scene in the film is when Winston Churchill slipped out of his Ministerial car and took the Underground to Westminster in order that he could get a sense of the mood of the public. The Londoners on the tube are shocked to see the Prime Minister, cigar and all, who quizzes them on their attitude toward the British fight against Germany.

Churchill was surrounded by his War Cabinet, senior Military officials and others who had the military intelligence and knowledge to help the Prime Minister make a decision but he sought out the public to guide him. What was the public adding?

A study by a neuroscientist of people who had received brain injuries that damaged the part of the brain where emotions are generated found that their ability to make decisions was seriously impaired. They could logically describe what they should be doing but in practice, they found it very difficult to make decisions.

Churchill was asking the public to guide him based on their emotions. The public said that they would “never” give in, heralding his famous line “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

So whoever you are and however much you know or however much advice you have received on your pension, there is a huge benefit from receiving independent and impartial guidance from The Pensions Advisory Service. As well as helping you know what type of pension you have, we tap into the emotional side of your retirement decisions by getting you to say what really matters to you. The service is free at the point of use so why not check out your options?

Did the scene on the tube really happen? Probably not, although according to the film's screenwriter, Churchill would go AWOL, disappear and pop up somewhere in London with ordinary people, to find out what they were thinking. If Churchill was alive today, we think he would have used our insight to form his decisions; cheaper than a tube ticket!

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