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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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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 …

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Cameron now has no choice – he has to fire Coulson

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8 September 2010 When prime minister David Cameron appointed Andy Coulson,  former editor of the News of the World, as the Conservatives’ head of spin in June 2007, it was always seen as a bizarre appointment (and this was only partly because Coulson had left the paper under a cloud, …

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O’Neil appointment confirms UKFI’s warped priorities

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19 July 2010 The coalition government of David Cameron and Nick Clegg is reverting to type where appointments to UK Financial Investments, the vehicle established by the previous government to hold the public’s stakes in bust lenders including RBS and Lloyds Banking Group. Most of the people who work for …

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Putting the house in order

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By Ian Fraser Published: Accountancy Magazine Date: 1 June 2010 With a new coalition government tackling the nation’s finances, political flash points will appear, warns Ian Fraser With the unprecedented political horse-trading of 7-11 May now behind it, and the coalition government of prime minister David Cameron and deputy Nick …

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Murray: Cameron best for the country

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By Ian Fraser and Jason Allardyce Published: The Sunday Times Date: 2 May 2010 David Cameron has received a boost in Scotland ahead of the election from Sir David Murray, the Rangers owner, who said he believed the Conservatives offered the best hope for the country’s long term future. The founder …