State-owned banks turn backs on public

RBS announces closure of 158 branches

STATE-OWNED British banks have “turned their back on communities,” unions said yesterday after 158 branch closures were announced.

Almost 1,000 workers will be affected by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) announcement, which put 472 jobs at risk.

Most of the 128 branches affected in England and Wales operate under the NatWest banner, while 30 Scottish branches of RBS could also go.

The bank, which is majority state-owned, said counter transactions had fallen by 43 per cent since 2010 amid soaring use of internet and mobile banking.

“The role of the branch is fast moving to a centre for advice, away from basic transactions,” a spokesman said.

“While the branch will still be a core part of our offering to customers, inevitably some branches will have to close.”

But Unite acting general secretary Gail Cartmail stormed: “The RBS Group is turning its back on the communities that have been the foundation of its business for generations.





  1. Perhaps the Banks know something that we don’t, such as an economic crash coming. They are shutting up shop now to prevent queues of people demanding all of their cash in a lump sum. Plus when they bail-in, they won’t get angry customers coming down to the bank and threatening them.

    All we will have is a call centre number, which we wont be able to get through to, it will be like ringing the DWP, listening to Four Seasons on an endless loop for hours on end.

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      1. I’ve just checked the link, it’s still loading for me. I’ve just tried to copy and paste the text of the article, but it won’t allow me to, how strange! I will keep trying it.

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    1. Apologies Linda, the link does work if you are in the UK.
      Since the passing of the Investigatory powers act, I have been using a VPN and it will not load on the American servers I was using. So this article is Geo-blocked in America, I wonder why?


  2. Bank of England implicated in interest rate-rigging scandal, new recording shows.
    The Bank of England (BoE) has been implicated in the Libor rigging scandal, according to a BBC Panorama investigation.

    The London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) is the interest rate at which banks lend between each other. It consequently sets the benchmark for average clients’ loans and mortgages.
    In 2012, a whistleblower alerted regulators to the common manipulation of the rate, including the false inflation or deflation of the rate to result in bigger profit margins.

    Now, a recording uncovered by the BBC seems to show Britain’s central bank bullying commercial institutions to push down their Libor interest rates throughout the 2008 financial crisis.

    The recording also raises doubt over evidence given in a 2012 Treasury select committee hearing by Bob Diamond, the one-time boss of Barclays, and Paul Tucker, who later became the BoE’s deputy governor.

    “The bottom line is you’re going to absolutely hate this … but we’ve had some very serious pressure from the UK government and the Bank of England about pushing our Libors lower,” senior Barclays manager Mark Dearlove is heard instructing Libor submitter Peter Johnson in the leaked recorded phone call.


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    1. Thanks Shadow. I use a samsung tablet, and I think it’s on it’s way out tbh, it’s only started playing up for me since the contract ended. I think they only make them to last the 2 years of the contract…lol

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    Historic Leak Reveals Massive Corruption at the Bank of England

    “This dwarfs by orders of magnitude any financial scam in the history of markets.”

    Andrew Lo, MIT Professor of Finance

    A leaked recording has revealed that the Bank of England was colluding with the banking industry to fiddle the numbers in lending rates during the Financial Crash of 2008. ‘Libor’, the London inter-bank lending rate, is one of the most important interest rates in global finance. It is the baseline for trillions of pounds worth of financial dealings across world. The recording reveals the Bank of England colluding with Barclays bank to fix lending rates – so much for the ‘invisible hand of the capitalist market’.

    By fiddling with this number, the Bank of England have essentially colluded with big Banking firms and defrauded the international financial system. Obviously such things are acid to market confidence. That is why Barclays was fined £290m in June 2014 after some of its bankers were caught out rigging this vital rate. The rock bottom confidence the public had in banks was dragged even lower by the scandal, which resulted in the resignation of Barclays bosses Bob Diamond & Marcus Agius.

    Other banks, including royal Bank of Scotland, were also fined by U.S. authorities – and sickeningly they used the taxpayer funded bailout pot to pay these fines. The statements made to the House of Commons Select Committees by these banks are now shown to have been false by these recordings.

    Barclays manager: “The bottom line is you’re going to absolutely hate this… but we’ve had some very serious pressure from the UK government and the Bank of England about pushing our Libors lower.”

    Libor Manager: “So I’ll push them below a realistic level of where I think I can get money?”

    Barclays manager: “The fact of the matter is we’ve got the Bank of England, all sorts of people involved in the whole thing… I am as reluctant as you are… these guys have just turned around and said just do it.”

    What this scandal shows is the dangers of NeoLiberal financial policies. Instead of regulating the banks Thatcher had let loose, Alastair Campbell’s boss Tony Blair & his Chancellor Gordon Brown let the Bank of England & the City of London carry on untrammelled.

    Whilst they watched the Bubble grow in the city, New Labour sold off our gold reserves for pittance, and continued the Thatcherite policy of squandering our oil reserves instead of pooling the revenues generated into a sovereign wealth fund (as Tony Benn intended when the first barrel of North Sea Oil came to shore).

    These National assets were stripped and sold off by the same bankers whose bailout is supposed to be paid for by the political ideology of Austerity. The current Tory government has insisted on taking billions of pounds out of the economy with its Austerity programme. Yet at the same time it’s pumping billions of pounds into the economy through quantitative easing – the equivalent of £24,000 for every family in Britain.

    The Bank of England have admitted that those billions of pounds have not gone where they were supposed to. A vast amount of the money has actually found its way into the hands of the wealthiest 5% in Britain. It has been described as:

    ‘the biggest transfer of wealth to the rich in recorded recent documented history.’

    It could be a huge scandal – a ruthless elite, siphoning off billions in public money.

    Socialism for the Rich, Crony Capitalism for the rest. Bailouts for the banks paid for by cuts to the NHS. All imposed on the taxpayer by a Conservative government under criminal investigation for #ToryElectionFraud. The Tories are forcing those least able to face the burden to take the brunt of the strain, whilst the top 1000 earners in the nation doubled their net wealth.

    When you can rig the system and gain billions in bailouts – rewarding failure – what’s the incentive for banks to obey the rules?


    Practically no one in the City of London is prosecuted for the endless financial crimes that are being revealed there.

    #LiborScandal #BankOfEngland #BarclaysBank#BankOfScotland #GeorgeOsborne #DavidCameron#TheresaMay

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