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🤔 In this long thread below, I look at the Pensions Regulator's (tPR) website, and ridicule it 😂

#USSstrike #aesthetic #beetroot
This is the logo for the Pensions Regulator @TPRgovuk
This is not a standard font. The tail of the "e" is elongated.
It suggests that money was paid to design this specifically for tPR.
According to tPR, the employers provide the teabags.
Fun fact: MY EMPLOYERS DON'T PROVIDE ANY TEABAGS.
It does provide an overpriced Starbucks/Costa/Nero's on campus.
Or you can bring your own PG Tips. And your own kettle of course.
Touché.
I know, right?
Vice-Chancellors as scorpions.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
This is an artist's impression of the USS board meeting that took place on Wednesday 11 April 2018.
I don't know either.
Both the tPR and the "Master Trusts" have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO SAY.

NOTHING.
NO ONE CARES.
Wait, who the hell is this guy?
WHAT ARE YOU?
For the love of God, please make this stop

#DontIgnoreIt
WHAT IS THIS MONSTROSITY? Discuss. To be continued.

#DontIgnoreIt #aesthetics #beetroot #USSstrike

This is the tPR's representation of polygamy.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
Worst. Scrabble. Game. Ever.
The tPR's representation of University Senior Management.
Basically the whole of USS will be able to fit into this drawer right here.
The tPR really worries about pension #beetroot scams.
The tPR's impression of the average early-career scholar.
Oh good, I was wondering when the frigging PIGGY BANK would show up.
Um, the tPR hates mobile phones???
Tools.
Something about leadership, I think.
BLUE PEOPLE. THEY ARE EVERYWHERE.
This is the size of your USS pension: 10 pounds.
Your research may be 4 STARS, but tPR is 5 STARS.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
The tPR's representation of @JosephineCumbo of the Financial Times.
The tPR has a thing for locks.
Hang on... these locks are all unlocked, right?
LDN ❤️
The tPR artist's representation of Mike Otsuka's twitter feed.
]-[ELLO MY FUTURE GIRLFRIEND.

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