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Just how corrupt is the UK?

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By Ian Fraser 13 May 2016 How corrupt is Britain? Over the past few days quite a few people have been insisting Britain isn’t corrupt. They claim to see nothing wrong with Cameron describing countries such as Afghanistan and Nigeria, whose leaders were in London for the Anti-Corruption Summit in Lancaster House this week, …

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Open Letter to Nicola Sturgeon—are bankers ‘above the law’?

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4th March 2016 [UPDATED 10TH MARCH 2016 TO INCLUDE A STATEMENT FROM POLICE SCOTLAND] It is increasingly apparent that our supposedly “independent” prosecutorial agencies — which include the Crown Prosecution Service in England and Wales, and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in Scotland — are useless when it …

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The Moldovan Connection

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By Ian Fraser and Richard Smith Published: Sunday Herald Date: 21 June 2015 How modest homes in some of Scotland’s poorest areas became prolific ‘company factories’. The inside story by Ian Fraser and Richard Smith.  It’s a humble ground-floor flat in Royston Mains Street in Pilton – the Edinburgh housing …

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Bill Black: We’ve given bankers a licence to defraud

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February 7th, 2015 As a U.S. Federal litigator, Bill Black had a pivotal role in ensuring that hundreds of the bankers behind the U.S. savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s were put behind bars. Since then, he’s become increasingly exasperated by his country’s failure to prosecute any senior bankers for the …

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Swaps film: how banks ran rings around SMEs

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June 25th, 2014 This short film uses extracts from a telephone call between a bank salesman and one of its business customers to illustrate how a bank, thought to be the Royal Bank of Scotland, essentially conned a business into purchasing an interest-rate hedging product that would be seriously damaging to its health. The other two voices …

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How to deal with the Libor riggers

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February 6th, 2013 Kevin Mason, a commenter on the Guardian website, had this to say about the £390 million settlement that Royal Bank of Scotland reached with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, US Department of Justice and Financial Services Authority over rampant Libor-rigging today [Mason’s words sourced from Graeme Wearden’s …

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Michael Hudson: how finance capitalism leads to debt servitude

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October 19th, 2012 This is an edited transcript of a phone interview with Michael Hudson by Dimitris Yannopoulos for Athens News. It summarizes some of the major themes of Hudson’s new book, The Bubble and Beyond: Fictitious Capital, Debt Deflation and Global Crisis, published in the UK in July 2012.  Q: How has …

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Guest post: The parable of the bailouts

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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 …