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RBS ‘Dash for Cash’ scandal: 500 firms suing bank turn anger on regulator

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 16 October 2016 A GROUP of almost 500 businesses suing the Royal Bank of Scotland for allegedly destroying their firms and seizing their assets is threatening legal action against the Financial Conduct Authority if it does not immediately publish its long-awaited report into the scandal. The central allegation […]

October 16th, 2016 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Just how corrupt is the UK?

By Ian Fraser 13th 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, as “fantastically corrupt”. When Cameron […]

May 13th, 2016 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

RBS boss Ross McEwan answers critics live on LBC

29 April 2016 Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Ross McEwan appeared on LBC for a half-hour phone-in chaired by Nick Ferrari on 20th November last year. Callers included Ray Perman, former FT journalist and author of Hubris: How HBOS Wrecked The Best Bank In Britain, who asked some powerful questions about regulatory failure in the light […]

April 29th, 2016 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

RBS fails to get two key elements in £33m swaps case struck out

26 April 2016 By Ian Fraser A High Court ruling over evidence relating to its rigging of Libor and the destruction of businesses via its global restructuring group, looks like a turning point for RBS The Royal Bank of Scotland has failed in its attempt to strike out key elements of a major claim against its activities, concerning both its infamous […]

April 26th, 2016 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Europe’s future: Whatever it takes

By Ian Fraser Published: The Treasurer Date: 1 March 2016 Policymakers in Brussels and within European parliaments still face turbulence as they endeavour to encourage growth and restore unity. Treasurers are more sanguine, but likewise treading carefully. Ian Fraser reports Back in July 2012, after a turbulent period when the euro’s very survival seemed to […]

March 1st, 2016 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

George Osborne unveils a quack cure for RBS

11th November 2015 It was midway between the canon of lamb and the passing of the port that George Osborne rose to his feet. Addressing a room of 350 white-tie wearing bankers, the 44-year-old Chancellor of the Exchequer seemed to have a spring in his step. Just a few weeks earlier, the Tories had won a […]

November 11th, 2015 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Steve Baker: The government is flying blind on banking

8th November, 2015 In a stark warning to the government, the MP Steve Baker has said we’re flying blind where RBS and the wider banking system are concerned, as accounts prepared using International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) cannot be relied upon. In what was the stand-out contribution to last Thursday’s House of Commons debate on RBS and the future […]

November 8th, 2015 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Classic over-reach as Goodwin boasted about RBS’s immensity

7th November 2015 The FactSheet compiled by RBS’s senior communications executive and deputy chief economist Andrew Wilson in February 2007 pleased his master, the bank’s chief executive, Fred Goodwin, as it put RBS’s financial success in context. But it was also incredibly bombastic and dangerously hubristic Royal Bank of Scotland issued an extraordinary flyer to journalists on the […]

November 7th, 2015 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Businesses trashed by RBS ‘vampire unit’ refuse to co-operate with FCA appointed sleuths

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 4 October 2015 Businesspeople who claim to have been ruined by RBS’s Global Restructuring Group are refusing to co-operate with a firm hired by the Financial Conduct Authority to investigate the scandal, potentially derailing the probe into the bank’s so-called “vampire unit”. The RBS GRG Business Action Group […]

October 4th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Pressure grows on RBS as victims of restructuring scandal cry foul at “conflicted” advisors

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 30 August 2015 A former Aberdeen oil firm owner who accuses RBS of “stitching up” his business has criticised the bank for appointing the accountancy firm that handled his firm’s administration to review alleged wrongdoing by RBS’s global restructuring group (GRG). Rod Coffey, former chief executive of Stable […]

August 30th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »