7 thoughts on “I’m not entirely convinced this is true

  1. I have a vague memory of an unsourced leak [1] a few months back of Alistair Darling supposedly admitting that the UK financial system was days from collapse before the bail out, but can't find a version on a quick google.

    [1] You can just tell my confidence in my memory, right?

  2. I was paraphrasing, from memory, the events as described in the recent Paul Mason book. Or at least I think I was since I've lent the book to a friend and can't immediately check.

    But I have been back to his various blog entries last autumn and he repeatedly makes reference to the crisis in terminology such as,
    "the world is on the brink of a system-wide economic meltdown"; " its an economic Krakatoa";"the world's governments are facing the following challenge: to stop a global banking crisis on a scale the world has never known."etc

  3. Doesn't the new Banking Act say quite a bit about keeping critical IT systems running after going into administration, rather like railway administration?

  4. ISTR that a massive depression triggered by an IT failure was the major plot point in one of those god-awful Rama sequels.

    Wonder if that was old Arthur C's idea? Eerie if it was.

  5. This is the Deputy Governor talking to Robert Peston:

    But several of our large banks, and I mean I don't want to go into names, were, were in real difficulty and you know were having hour by hour minute by minute to balance the books at the end of the day,

    (Don't know if we can do tags, here's the raw link:

    And, to be clear, had they not "balanced the books" at the end of the day – they would have shut.

    Alex, Neil – I think you misunderstand. There was never a suggestion of problems with IT systems, the reason ATMs wouldn't dispense cash was that the bank owning them had no way of getting cash to put into them. (Their doors would have been locked for the same reason,)

    Pete B

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