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Rowan Bosworth-Davies | Has the UK rediscovered its appetite for prosecuting ‘white collar’ crime?

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16 March 2012 In the second in a series of guest posts, Rowan Bosworth-Davies, a financial crime consultant and former Scotland Yard detective, provides a historical perspective on the UK authorities’ lack of appetite for prosecuting high level financial crime Edwin Sutherland, the American sociologist and criminologist, is perhaps best known for his …

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IMF hoists red flags over China’s financial system

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By Ian Fraser Published: QFINANCE Date: 17 November 2011 In its first ever formal assessment of the stability of China’s financial system, the International Monetary Fund has blamed heavy-handed state intervention for creating what it calls “vulnerabilities” in the system, at the same time as providing Beijing with a detailed blueprint for …

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Andy Haldane’s proposals for breaking the bankers’ doom loop

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By Ian Fraser Published: QFINANCE Date: 25 October 2011 For a central bank director, Andy Haldane is remarkably alert to the widening cracks in the global financial system. Delivering the Wincott Annual Memorial Lecture in London on October 24, Haldane tried to shake policymakers and regulators out of their complacency by …

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Chris Hedges on “The Alyona Show”

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8 October 2011   Pulitzer prize-winning war correspondent and author Chris Hedges last week spoke to RT’s Washington correspondent Alyona Minkovski to give his views on the fast-growing Occupy Wall Street movement. Standing amongst protesters from the Occupy D.C. protest, Hedges explained the deep sense of frustration that is giving …

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On banking, David Cameron is either clueless or a liar

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5 October 2011 David Cameron displayed an astonishing lack of understanding of the banking sector in his interview with Sarah Montague on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on Tuesday morning (as, I’m afraid, did Sarah, given her blinkered obsession with “bonuses”). If Cameron’s stumbling performance was due to ignorance, …

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Clydesdale takeover could see ‘lots of Scots thrown out of their homes’, says expert

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 11 September 2011 NBNK REFUTES CLAIM AS SPECULATION OVER BANKING DEAL GROWS BY IAN FRASER The possible sale of Clydesdale Bank to an untested London-based shell company, NBNK Investments, risks triggering a rash of home repossessions and corporate bankruptcies across Scotland, according to …

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Cameron must not go soft on the banks

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 3 September 2011 As leader of the opposition, David Cameron gave the impression he intended to be tough on the banks. In an interview with Sky News in January 2009, he called for criminal actions against bankers and earlier said we needed “a …