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Shredded: ‘The pimp, the ghetto of fraud and the whorehouse of debt’

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June 5th, 2014 (updated June 6th, 2014) It has been nearly two years in the making, but Shredded: Inside RBS The Bank That Broke Britain was published by Birlinn today. It’s a look at the Icarus-like ascent of RBS under former chartered accountant Fred “The Shred” Goodwin, and examines many aspects of the bank’s spectacular rise […]

June 5th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Writing the wrongs of the financial crash

Robert Peston at the EIBF
Photo: EIBF / Pascal Saez

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: August 25th, 2013 FOUR decades of laissez-faire policies have left Britain as a deeply indebted and uncompetitive economy that is unable to pay its way in the world and incapable of rediscovering its economic mojo, according to a number of economists and speakers at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last […]

August 25th, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Book review: Going for broke

The National Monument, Calton Hill; photo by Jim Downie

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 Monument was left half-finished, with […]

November 17th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Guest post: The parable of the bailouts

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October 18th, 2012 By Tom Nicol ‘Then the flying machines started falling from the sky.’ Once upon a time in the Westerlands, people became aware of a developing phenomenon: flying machines were falling from the sky with a great deal more regularity than was previously the case. Understandably, the people became uneasy and started to […]

October 18th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Written evidence to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards

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Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards Submission from Ian Fraser, 24 August 2012 [Update: January 12, 2013. This is my submission to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, which is being chaired by Andrew Tyrie MP. Written in August 2012, it was published on the Parliamentary website [pdf 28mb] on December 19th, 2012 — it can be found on […]

September 21st, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Banking’s ‘Milly Dowler’ moment

Mervyn King

June 29th, 2012 This is banking’s ‘Milly Dowler’ moment. Finally the blinkers are off and the rest of the world (by which I mean people like leading politicians and the mainstream commentariat) is waking up to the culture of self serving greed and corruption that has infested the UK’s banking sector, about which I’ve been […]

June 29th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Financial regulation: With Griffith-Jones’ appointment, Britain keeps it in the family

John Griffith Jones chairman KPMG

By Ian Fraser Published: Qfinance Date: June 18th, 2012 I was surprised and exasperated to learn last week that chancellor George Osborne has rubber-stamped the appointment of John Griffith-Jones, the senior partner of KPMG, as chairman-designate of the Financial Conduct Authority, one of the two financial regulators that will take over from the soon-to-be-disbanded FSA. As […]

June 18th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library,Blog | Read More »

Everyone in finance should read David Bermingham’s “A Price To Pay”

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By Rowan Bosworth-Davies White-collar crime, and particularly fraud and wrong-doing in the City of London, has been ignored by regulators and the judiciary for too long. The global financial crisis has highlighted how, if left unchecked it can cause almost incalculable damage to ordinary people’s lives and the wider economy. The biggest disincentive to City […]

May 19th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Fear and loathing in City of London as Barnier taps consumer power

Michel Barnier. Image courtesy of Le Point

By Ian Fraser Published: QFINANCE Date: April 4th, 2012 Michel Barnier is viewed with a mixture of fear and loathing in the City of London. In the Square Mile the Frenchman is variously regarded as a bogeyman, a champion of dirigisme, and even as the ringleader of a sinister Franco-German plot to undermine London’s position and ensure […]

April 4th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library,Blog | Read More »

The dukes and earls in America’s great tower of bullshit start to blink

Occupy Wall Street

By Ian Fraser Published: QFINANCE Date: October 20th, 2011 There may be a good few Maoists, Trotskyists, Anarcho-Syndicalists and even the odd deluded benefit scrounger among them, but it is simply wrong to characterize the Occupy Wall Street protestors who are camping out in 1,500 cities worldwide as wanting to overthrow capitalism, in the same way […]

October 20th, 2011 | Posted in Article Library,Blog,Latest Articles | Read More »

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