Martin Lewis – the founder of Money Saving Expert – discussed with the Times in 2019 how he “has a gift” for recognising bad business practice. He said: “This is what I do. Some people have the ability to hear music and play that song instantly on the piano. “My gift is more prosaic: I can look at the way companies are operating and see how people are being screwed. It’s not the most sexy gift in the world, but it is a gift.” Lewis’s compulsion to prevent people being taken advantage of perhaps stems from his time growing up in Delamere Forest, Cheshire, where his father was headmaster of a special-needs school.
“I spent my weekends there and we had school dinners there too.
“I remember one boy who, at the age of 15, finally managed to learn to tie his shoelaces.
“I will never climb a mountain like he had to. That was graft. You learn there is a privilege to being bright and having a brain that functions well. I didn’t take it for granted.”
Martin Lewis founded his…