Are insurance companies passing your details to personal injury lawyers without permission?
Former Demon Headmaster and MP sort, Jack Straw, is demanding a reform of the motor insurance industry by stamping his feet and shooting his mouth off about something he thinks he's onto.
He reckons that says insurers are getting paid for referring clients' details to personal injury lawyers without asking us first. He's saying that the wild cost of insurance is caused by referrals to personal injury lawyers, and basically, he thinks its 'a racket'.
He says, with his oddly brown teeth: "It's become a huge racket. The insurance companies are complicit in this. They should and could have said this is outrageous."
He added that senior executives from two of the largest insurers in the UK have admitted that it was the industry's "dirty secret".
"They said, 'If we don't do it everyone else will be doing it'. The garages, the recovery firms - even the police are selling on this information."
This suggestion is backed up by a report from the Transport Select Committee who have also detailed how companies are paid referral fees for giving lawyers the names of people involved in crashes. As a result of this, premiums are going up despite the fact that the roads are safer and theft is down.
Have you had an accident and suddenly found yourself being harassed by injury lawyer types constantly on the phone at you? Have a gripe in the comments.