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Why Cameron should change tack and abide by the spirit of Edinburgh

September 16th, 2014 In an interview broadcast on BBC1 earlier this evening, David Dimbleby asked Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, for his views on possible currency and financial market turmoil in the event of a “Yes” vote in the Scottish independence referendum. Dimbleby was implying that, in the event of a “Yes” vote this Thursday, markets will […]

September 17th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

On the trail of Fred the Shred

RAF Tornado GR4

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 8 June 2014 Ian Fraser’s new book, Shredded – Inside RBS: the Bank that Broke Britain, has been acclaimed as the definitive account of the crisis. Here he reflects on the 13 things he learned along the long, hard road to publication (1) Fred the Shred was not […]

June 8th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | 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 »

Highland result suggests RBS bankers no longer above the law

RBS sign

April 13th, 2013 Finally, we have evidence that banks and bankers are not above the law in the United Kingdom. It seems the courts have finally woken up to the fact that allowing them to lie, cheat, deceive and defraud without legal impediment may not be a particularly good idea. As such, yesterday’s appeal court […]

April 13th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Dear Mr Cameron: Please explain why bankers are now considered above the law

Andrew Bailey. Prudential Regulatory Authority

December 15th, 2012 An open letter to David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, from Mrs N Turner Dear Mr Cameron, I and many other people were stunned by the quotes from Mr Andrew Bailey, the chief executive-designate of the Prudential Regulation Authority, which were reported in the Daily Telegraph […]

December 15th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Dear David Cameron: Entrusting economic policy to ex-investment bankers is no solution

Paul Deighton

September 7th, 2012 When David Cameron reshuffled his cabinet earlier this week, the arrival of a trio City of London bankers and consultants at Her Majesty’s Treasury went almost unnoticed. This in my view was a lacuna. The three men are Paul Deighton, a former Goldman Sachs partner and chief operating officer for Europe (pictured above), Sajid […]

September 7th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Loss of trust

Fred Goodwin

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 inquiry. PDF version of this […]

July 16th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Talking Li(e)borgate on the Keiser Report

Keiser Report

July 13th, 2012 On Tuesday, I was interviewed by Max Keiser of the Keiser Report about the UK’s lack of appetite for prosecuting  ‘white collar’ crime. Max also asked me about the Libor rigging scandal, swaps misselling by UK banks, and much else besides. The progeamme was broadcast on Wednesday night and made available via […]

July 13th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Clueless RBS still hasn’t fixed Ulster Bank systems, as executives face trial

RBS struck by lightning

By Ed Jacob, via Left Foot Forward It is now over two weeks since the Royal Bank of Scotland was forced to apologise after computer glitches caused many of its customers to be unable to access their accounts or make transactions. While NatWest and RBS customers now seem to be enjoying a near normal service, a cross-party […]

July 5th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

The global scam that may prove terminal for Barclays, Lloyds and RBS

Fred Goodwin ex CEO RBS

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: July 1st, 2012 Bankers on the fiddle: executives face extradition to US. Exclusive by Ian Fraser (This is the full, unedited version of an article that was the “splash” in the Sunday Herald on July 1st, 2012)  Image: Banzai7 Executives and former executives of the Royal Bank of […]

July 1st, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

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