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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 »

Britain’s corporate failures invite a governance revolution

Bonds, Rigged Bonds

November 18th, 2012 Image: WilliamBanzai7 The bigwigs of the City of London, corporate governance ‘gurus’ in asset-management firms and leading figures from FTSE-100 companies have a penchant for patting themselves on the back over the brilliance of the corporate governance framework they have erected over the past two decades. The UK Corporate Governance Code (formerly the Combined Code of […]

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

Guest post: The parable of the bailouts

Balloon Horse

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 »

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 »

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 »

RBS and NatWest customers offered range of ethical choices

RBS select your transaction123

February 6th, 2012 People approaching Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest cash machines are increasingly likely to be confronted by a range of ethical choices before they’re able to withdraw their cash. Given the Edinburgh-based bank’s failure to properly reform itself in the wake of its October 2008 taxpayer-funded bailout, and its pariah-like status over […]

February 6th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

The Economist loses the plot with this shallow, pro-City propaganda

Economist Save The City 6 Dec 2011

January 7th, 2012 I was surprised and disappointed when I opened my copy of The Economist on Friday morning. The magazine is running a feebly-argued propaganda piece headlined “Save the City” as its cover story. The piece vaunts the “skills” that are to be found in the City of London and seeks to persuade us […]

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

St Paul’s Institute shines a light on the City’s dark heart

St Paul's from the air

By Ian Fraser Published: QFINANCE Date: December 1st, 2011 The bizarre contortions that the Church of England got itself into over the protesters who are camping outside St Paul’s Cathedral are nothing when compared to the tortured mindsets of many of those who work in the City of London. The survey Value and Values: Perceptions of […]

December 1st, 2011 | 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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