Posts Tagged “banking”

Liberal Hero of the Week #30: Vince Cable. Our Liberal Villains of the Month: 175 MPs

by Stephen Tall on February 8, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. The series showcases those who promote any of the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — regardless of party affiliation and from beyond Westminster. If they stick up […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #30: Vince Cable. Our Liberal Villains of the Month: 175 MPs

by Stephen Tall on February 8, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. The series showcases those who promote any of the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — regardless of party affiliation and from beyond Westminster. If they stick up […]

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #5 – Andrea Leadsom

by Stephen Tall on July 13, 2012

Welcome to the fifth in our series here on CentreForum’s blog — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  The aim is simple enough: to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, […]

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Heroes of the Week’ #4 – US Department of Justice & Yvette Cooper

by Stephen Tall on July 7, 2012

Welcome to the fourth in our series here on CentreForum’s blog — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  The aim is simple enough: to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, […]

Lib Dems should back a judge-led inquiry into financial scandal

by Stephen Tall on July 4, 2012

I get why the Tories are opposed to a judge-led inquiry into the scandalous rate-rigging practices employed by Barclays and other banks: their experiences of the Leveson Inquiry show how scandals, even ones that blend across the red/blue parties, have a habit of rebounding on the government of the day. I get why Labour are […]

Barclays and the Bank of England: BAD rate-rigging and GOOD rate-rigging

by Stephen Tall on July 4, 2012

The Barclays rate-rigging scandal has conflated a number of issues — Bob Diamond’s bonus, ‘casino’ banking, failed regulators — making it hard to get behind the media’s shouty headlines to understand the issues which should really concern us. Here’s my brief show-your-working attempt, starting with what Barclays. What Barclays did right: ‘fess up LIBOR (London […]

So here’s an e-petition I won’t be signing

by Stephen Tall on July 3, 2012

It’s good that the rate-rigging of Barclays (and almost certainly other banks) has been exposed. It’s important that we have an inquiry — whether judge-led or parliamentary I have no particularly strong views either way. But then I came across (…)

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LDVideo: Danny Alexander – ‘No-one wants bonus culture’

by Stephen Tall on January 30, 2012

Here’s Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander interviewed on Sunday lunchtime, defending the Coalition’s decision not to demand RBS chief executive Stephen Hester return his controversial bonus — a few hours before Mr Hester voluntarily forfeited it to defuse the row: (Available on the BBC website here.) * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor […]

Clegg’s bailed-out banks’ shares give-away proposal triggers national debate

by Stephen Tall on June 25, 2011

Nick Clegg’s very public call for the British public to be given shares in the bailed-out banks — creating 46 million shareholders and allowing collective ownership of banks — has garnered acres of coverage the past couple of days. It’s three months since Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams first proposed the privatisation of its 83% […]

Clegg launches five point plan to bring bankers’ bonus culture under control

by Stephen Tall on April 13, 2010

A lot of people don’t enjoy election campaigns – but here’s one reason I do: the quality of Lib Dem press releases sky rockets. Today’s announcing Liberal Democrats’ five point plan to tackle bankers’ bonuses is a case in point: punchy but detailed. So good, in fact, I’m simply going to hit the copy ‘n’ […]



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