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Not kowtowing

Chinese State market interference and industrial espionage is at the centre of the plot of The Umbrella Men. The Umbrella Men of the book were Twain’s unreliable bankers (who will lend you their umbrella when the sun is shining, but want it back the minute it begins to rain…), not the brave Umbrella Movement fighters forContinue reading “Not kowtowing”

Big Green

Who gets angry about national debt now that covid-19 has started presenting the government with invoices? The Umbrella Men is partly about the great Bankers’ Crisis of 2008. I wrote about who’s paid the bills and how angry it made me in the Big Issue http://bit.ly/2kA7U7D. Well, now it’s financial crisis, financial scheissis.   But The UmbrellaContinue reading “Big Green”

4 reasons we should still be angry about the Bankers’ Crisis of 2007-8

A lot of bad stuff seems to happen in and around banks – PPI miss-selling, LIBOR-rigging, overdraft-charge gouging to name three recent megascandals. When they are found out, billions of dollars are routinely paid in fines. And the striking thing is that unlike scandal in other industries, in banking it is not single institutions, butContinue reading “4 reasons we should still be angry about the Bankers’ Crisis of 2007-8”

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