Category banking

Bankers Town is out, now

It’s been a while. I’m sorry. I’ve been busy. I thought about calling you, I really did, I even picked up the phone a couple of times, but each time other stuff came up, other things got in the way, you know how it is, right? But the other stuff is done, now. It’s here […]

Bankers Town

It’s all go, now. The date is set. Well, it’s almost set. Bankers Town (previously known as Without Due Care) will be launched in March 2014. There are a million things to do between then and now, but in the meantime, please like and share the Facebook page and ask anyone you know who can […]

Praise the Lord and Pass the Collateral

I read an interesting blog the other day, with a line that made me stop and think for a moment. The blog is here, and the line in question was this one: the willingness of government and regulators to allow banks to borrow among themselves on secured terms (with collateral being passed round like a […]

“I agree with Nick”

Where, as The Pixies so memorably sang, is my mind? You know how this blog works. I take a major global story everyone’s talking about, add a unique slant no one else has thought of, and a million people say “wow, that’s cool”. Or I take a tiny local story, add an interpretation that relates […]

A problem with culture

The banking report, with all its well-meaning and serious-sounding gobbets of wisdom, reminded me I had something recorded from a couple of months back. So the other night I finally got round to watching the BBC documentary on bankers. Very portentous, the BBC, when it comes to bankers. Bankers: Fixing the System, the first episode […]

Why I “marched” against Monsanto

On Saturday I did something that by my recent standards is pretty radical. I didn’t stone a policeman. I didn’t burn down a mosque or a church or the Houses of Parliament. I – wait for it – I changed my Facebook profile photo. And my banner. Just for the day, mind, I didn’t want […]

Home by Christmas

There are some things that just aren’t worth saying. The hurricane isn’t on its way. Go back to your constituencies and prepare for Government. In everyday life it’s OK to make mistakes, to predict things and be so wide of the mark you might as well be rolling a dice. No one’s going to remember; […]

Smashing your hand repeatedly into the side of a cast-iron stove

You’ll no doubt be aware of the famous experiments conducted by Professor Pavlov on some dogs. Professor Pavlov managed to prove that dogs were capable of learning, that the same stimulus time after time could lead to a conditioned response. Clever things, dogs. Cleverer than me, at least. We have a stove at home, and […]

Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?

A brief post this morning, because the Archbishop of Canterbury has been commenting on banking. As you’d expect. Or, perhaps, wouldn’t. Some of his points were reasonable enough. Lending long and borrowing short is a risky strategy. Don’t lend to the wrong people. Fair enough, if not exactly earth-shattering. I liked his observation about bankers […]

George’s Marvellous Medicine

I wrote this sketch back in late February, when poor George had to endure his first downgrade. At the time I chose to mark the event with something else, but in the wake of Friday’s Fitch downgrade of UK sovereign debt, and no sign of a change of course, it seems somehow more appropriate now […]