Who’ll we get to run our bank?

I'd thought it was a nearly-amusing coincidence that Northern Rock's ex-chairman Matt Ridley shared a name with the journalist and science writer. But no, apparently they're the same guy. Now, I know that chairman is a non-exec role, but even so - if I were selecting a chairman for a major bank, I'd probably opt … Continue reading Who’ll we get to run our bank?

But financial standards ARE interesting, dammit

I've got a new Sharpener piece up on the unholy trinity of Craig Murray, Alisher Usmanov and Prem Sikka. It's got accountancy, it's got bribery, it's got a respected writer making himself look like an idiot and accidentally libelling people - what more could you ask? "A post which isn't about transport or accountancy, please, … Continue reading But financial standards ARE interesting, dammit

We have the statistics. Why not consult them?

From 'Not A Sheep': In 2003 [Trevor Phillips] wrote an article where he said "from Rome, through Constantinople to Venice and London, our (European) nations have a history of peacefully absorbing huge, diverse movements of people, driven by war, famine and persecution; and there is no history of long-term ethnic segregation of the kind one … Continue reading We have the statistics. Why not consult them?

On that whole Northern Rock thing

What kind of loony keeps more than £35k in savings accounts with a single bank? NB if you're reading this and you have more than £35k in savings accounts with a single bank, you should immediately transfer the balance over £35k to a different bank. There is no sane reason not to do this, and … Continue reading On that whole Northern Rock thing

Two exciting data points

#1: I'm the top hit on Google Hong Kong for "senior accounting partner glamorous life". Hurrah! (note: I'm not a senior accounting partner, despite my glamorous life). #2: a right-wing nutcase (with the amusing trait of pretending not to be right-wing, which is easier to do if you oppose extra-judicial punishment beatings) is trying to … Continue reading Two exciting data points