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UK regulators pronounce on HBOS

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By Ian Fraser Published: Financial Intelligencer Date: 18 November 2015 Seven years since HBOS crashed and burned, we are about to find out why, from a report to be jointly published on Thursday morning by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority (part of the Bank of England). …

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HBOS whistleblower hits back at Crosby claims

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: December 9th, 2012 Paul Moore, the whistleblower whose evidence was key to last week’s hearings of the parliamentary commission on banking, has accused his former HBOS boss Sir James Crosby of “trying to rewrite history” about Moore’s sacking from the Edinburgh-based bank. In an interview …

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Sir James Crosby, the ex HBOS boss, and the concept of mercy

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December 1st, 2012 In a comment piece in Saturday’s Times, financial editor Patrick Hosking gave ten reasons why the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards must show absolutely no mercy to the former HBOS chief executive James Crosby when he appears before it at 3.30pm on Monday afternoon. This is no time for faux deference, taking mendacious …

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Book review: Going for broke

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By Ian Fraser Published: Scottish Review of Books Date November 17th, 2012 It was intended as a memorial to the Scots who died in the Napoleonic Wars. But it wasn’t long before the incomplete replica of the Parthenon on Calton Hill was labelled ‘Edinburgh’s disgrace’. This was because the so-called National …

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It’s time the FSA learnt the lessons of Hillsborough. Eventually the truth will out

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17 September 2012 (Updated 11.25am) Studiously ignoring the roles of “establishment” figures like Sir James Crosby and Lord Stevenson in the demise of disastrous Edinburgh-based bank HBOS, regulator the Financial Services Authority is seeking to heap all the ordure on the less establishment Peter Cummings. I am not suggesting that Cummings is …

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Loss of trust

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By Ian Fraser Published: Signet Magazine Date: July 16th, 2012 (minor edits March 28th, 2013) Scottish banking was once renowned for prudential management. Today the association is rather different. Financial journalist Ian Fraser gives his view of events behind the collapse of RBS and HBOS and calls for a Leveson-style …

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The secrets and lies of Gordon Brown

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18 April 2010 Gordon Brown’s hypocrisy towards the banking sector knows no bounds. The doomed prime minister recently branded the investment bank Goldman Sachs as “morally bankrupt” and asked the FSA to investigate. Yet Brown has ignored corruption and moral bankruptcy closer to home. Has he “forgotten” that, eighteen months …

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“We’re creating a Great British bank”

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10 November 2009 One of the great unanswered questions about Lloyds TSB’s rescue takeover of HBOS which, despite the claims made in the above video, is the extent to which the Lloyds board was ‘hoodwinked’ by the board of HBOS. During the heated talks in the Halifax company flat in …