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

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

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 »

The time is now. Why we need a proper, independent Public Inquiry into UK banks

March 18th, 2012 Demands for a Leveson-style public inquiry into the UK’s dysfunctional banking sector are reaching a crescendo following the FSA’s partial whitewash of the RBS collapse, a cover-up of events surrounding the Bradford & Bingley rights issue, doubts about the regulator’s commitment to getting to the bottom of what happened at HBOS and much establishment […]

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

The media frenzy about RBS bonuses and Fred Goodwin’s knighthood is a sideshow

By Ian Fraser Published: QFINANCE Date: February 2nd, 2012 Financial commentators are, suddenly, in demand and it’s largely down to the continuing failure of banks to properly reform themselves in the wake of the global financial crisis and the current public rage about bankers who continue to award themselves massive pay packages even though their […]

February 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Article Library,Blog | Read More »

Does RBS boss Stephen Hester deserve his £1m bonus?

By Ian Fraser Published: QFINANCE Date: January 27th, 2012 The board of Royal Bank of Scotland and its remuneration committee, led by the ex-Coca Cola executive Penny Hughes but also comprising ex-Standard Life boss Sandy Crombie, must have decided let’s just go for it and to hang with the consequences. The RBS board of directors […]

January 28th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Stripping Fred Goodwin of his knighthood won’t solve the banking crisis

January 21st, 2012 The current cross-party campaign to have Sir Fred Goodwin stripped of his knighthood makes for entertaining viewing, but I’m afraid I don’t agree with it. The current witchhunt is handy for the politicians. It gives the impression they’re doing something to punish a perpetrator of the banking crisis but, call me cynical, […]

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

Caught on camera: Bell Pottinger lobbyists bragging about influence over David Cameron

December 6th, 2011 In Video: Bell Pottinger Exposed from TBIJ on Vimeo. Senior executives at Bell Pottinger, a leading public relations and lobbying firm, has been caught bragging about their ability to influence David Cameron’s government and their use of the “dark arts” to bury negative coverage on behalf of repressive regimes. In an undercover […]

December 6th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

On banking, David Cameron is either clueless or a liar

October 5th, 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, then it’s inexcusable. If it’s […]

October 5th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Cameron must not go soft on the banks

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: September 3rd, 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 day of reckoning” for those […]

September 4th, 2011 | Posted in Article Library,Latest Articles | Read More »

Britain now ‘a financial rogue state, subverting safer finance’

March 29th, 2011 A report just out from the New Economics Foundation reveals that the UK has learnt nothing from the financial crisis of 2008-11. The report, co-authored by the foundation’s Andrew Simms and Lydia Prieg, reminds us that the coalition government — still very much in the thrall of bankers and the City of London — […]

March 29th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »