Category finance

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 […]

HS2? Don’t make me laugh.

You wouldn’t want to be running PR for HS2. Not these days. Every time you open your mouth to announce something good, it’s been spiked before you’ve got your first sentence out. So just last week, just as Government was sternly reminding Labour that the project needs cross-party support if it’s going to survive and […]

The beatification of the businessman

The world’s a very different place from the one I grew up in back in the late seventies and eighties. I’m not talking pace-of-life, or geopolitics, or technology, although obviously all of those things have changed beyond comprehension (which should give anyone who thinks they can predict what things will look like in thirty or […]

By St Cuthbert’s Stricken Oak!

The only verified likeness of St Cuthbert of Liebster, currently on display in the Uffizi Gallery For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the world of blogging is awash with the notion of “paying it forward”. Doing good turns, passing on your good fortune, all good clean wholesome stuff. And that includes the […]

Vincent Cablepots

The Grumpy Prat (with apologies to TS Eliot, and Jennyanydots, the original Gumbie Cat). I have a Grumpy Prat in mind, his name is Vincent Cablepots. His forehead’s always rather lined, through cutting through financial knots. All day he sits and writes and talks and passes time and chews the fat; He spouts and spouts […]

Yes, I remember Kenneth Clarke

(With apologies to Edward Thomas, and in gratitude for Adlestrop ). Yes, I remember Kenneth Clarke — The name, because when there were none Of note and few who shone he shone Remarkably. He was alone. The party hissed. Someone cleared his throat And muttered “left” and “Europe”, Tore down his platform. What remained Was […]

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 […]