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Chuka Umunna: PWC’s useful idiot?

Chuka Umunna - banking toady?

January 23rd, 2014 I’ve long wondered how committed the Labour shadow business secretary and MP for Streatham Chuka Umunna really is to UK banking reform. It seems the answer is “not very”. In the furore that followed the publication of the Tomlinson Report on November 25 last year, a report which (accurately, in my view) […]

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

The Business Herald 2013 Review – Professional Services

Painting: Ed Kluz via AllThingsConsidered

By Ian Fraser Published: The Business Herald Date: 11 December 2013 Two of the biggest developments in Scottish professional services in the past year came when global firms set up large “back offices” in Glasgow, both with generous government grants. In April 2013, the accountants KPMG said it would establish “tax centre of excellence” on […]

December 11th, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

The “financial terrorism” of Royal Bank of Scotland

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November 27th, 2013 (updated November 28th, 2013) (minor edits December 1st, 2013) Another of the banking scandals I’ve been covering for more than three years is gaining a wider audience, following the publication of the Tomlinson Report on Monday and this morning’s confirmation from the Financial Times that the Serious Fraud Office is “considering” an investigation into the […]

November 27th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Guest post: How Britain’s banks profit from distress

Bank logos. Image courtesy of Andy Hanselman

By James Nicholls October 23rd, 2013 Banks are in the business of making money – just like every other business – and they do this by providing bank accounts and lending money at a profit. So far so ordinary. They lend to individuals and businesses and most of the time this all goes well, in […]

October 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Britain is fast turning into a Banana Monarchy, wilfully blind to corruption

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August 17th, 2013 You may remember that, back in November 2010, it emerged that a “cocky” Prince Andrew appeared to welcome and endorse bribery and corruption — or at least that he abhors those who would seek to get in its way, including anti-corruption regulators and investigative journalists (by the way, we only know this […]

August 17th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Paul Moore: Why Griffith-Jones must step down as FCA chairman

John Griffith Jones ex KPMG, currently with FCA

April 20th, 2013 Trust in UK financial regulation and auditing cannot be rebuilt unless John Griffith-Jones (pictured right) steps down as chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority, writes HBOS whistleblower Paul Moore, who is also calling for a public inquiry into KPMG’s pre-crash audits of the collapsed bank HBOS. The need for such an inquiry was reinforced on 11 April, […]

April 20th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Salmond’s £1.7 million bung to KPMG is a kick in the teeth for taxpayers

Alex Salmond Retains His Post As First Minister And Creates Scotland's First Majority Government

April 11th, 2013 Yesterday, the government of first minister Alex Salmond gave a £1.7 million Regional Selective Assistance grant to the ‘Big Four’ accountancy firm KPMG to establish a tax avoidance centre in Glasgow. To me this is an astonishing waste of public money, a kick in the teeth to ordinary taxpayers, detrimental to the long-term […]

April 11th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

HBOS whistleblower hits back at Crosby claims

Paul Moore

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: December 9th, 2012 Paul Moore, the whistleblower whose evidence was key to last week’s hearings of the parliamentary commission on banking, has accused his former HBOS boss Sir James Crosby of “trying to rewrite history” about Moore’s sacking from the Edinburgh-based bank. In an interview with the Sunday Herald, Moore […]

December 11th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Sir James Crosby, the ex HBOS boss, and the concept of mercy

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December 1st, 2012 In a comment piece in Saturday’s Times, financial editor Patrick Hosking gave ten reasons why the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards must show absolutely no mercy to the former HBOS chief executive James Crosby when he appears before it at 3.30pm on Monday afternoon. This is no time for faux deference, taking mendacious spin at face value, letting […]

December 1st, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

It’s time the FSA learnt the lessons of Hillsborough. Eventually the truth will out

The Chairman of Britain's Financial Services Authority, Adair Turner, poses for photographers before delivering his report into the global banking crisis,  London

September 17th, 2012 (Updated 11.25am) (edited Dec 16th 2012) Studiously ignoring the roles of “establishment” figures like Sir James Crosby and Lord Stevenson in the demise of disastrous Edinburgh-based bank HBOS, the Financial Services Authority is seeking to heap all the ordure on the less establishment Peter Cummings. Now I am not suggesting that Cummings is […]

September 17th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

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