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Journalist & author of Shredded: Inside RBS ‘Zola-esque’ – Bill Jamieson ‘A masterpiece’ – @UniMainz_Angl_P ‘Read it & weep’ – @martinwolf_ https://t.co/Ebf4O3pig3
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Sep 28 5 tweets 4 min read
The pound has rebounded since @bankofengland's market intervention (earlier today it pledged to buy £65bn of long-dated gilts and curtail quantitative tightening ). Image After the Bank of England intervened to calm markets, saying it would buy long-dated bonds at “whatever scale is necessary”, sterling rebounded, and 30-year gilt yields fell to 3.91%. fuelled by the BoE's commitment to postponing quantitative tightening marketwatch.com/story/gilt-yie…
Aug 11 4 tweets 2 min read
The Loire, France’s longest river, has virtually dried up at Pont de Varades in Loire-Atlantique. #drought2022 📷 @DubrayFranck Following more than forty days of drought, the Loire has fallen to its lowest level in 150 years, with the water that remains climbing to a temperature of 27 °C, which can be fatal for aquatic life. ouest-france.fr/meteo/secheres…
Aug 10 13 tweets 7 min read
Law firm Schillings is trying to prevent the media from publishing photos of the home of Tory donors Anthony and Carole Bamford, who were generous enough to host Carrie and Boris Johnson wedding celebrations last month. Like this, used by @DailyMailUK (source: @PrivateEyeNews) JCB billionaire and Tory über-donor Anthony Bamford bought Daylesford House, Glos in 1986. It was previously the home of former governor-general of India Warren Hastings, Daily Mail proprietor 2nd Viscount Rothermere and Swiss steel tycoon Baron Hans Thyssen-Bornemisza.
May 22 5 tweets 3 min read
Howard Davies says the turning point for RBS/NatWest came in 2018, when the bank was fined $4.9bn for fuelling the US sub-prime mortgage crisis. Until that point, it had been “scrambling behind the sofa” to find capital, he says. theguardian.com/business/2022/… Former regulator Sir Howard Davies has had a career path comparable to that of a French Énarque — an alumnus of the École nationale d'administration in Paris — and has been chairman of RBS/NatWest since September 2015. How I introduced him in #Shredded:
May 20 4 tweets 2 min read
POLL: After Alyn Smith MP called out right-wing lobby group the IEA over its “non-transparent” funding on #bbcqt, Fiona Brice told its spokeswoman Emily Carver “we’re very happy you’re on the panel”. Are you happy or unhappy Carver was on the panel? [I could have added third choice - would you be happy for Emily Carver to appear on #bbcqt if the right-wing lobbying organisation she represents, the IEA, came clean about who funds it?]
May 19 6 tweets 4 min read
Alyn Smith should have added the IEA is a lobby group masquerading as a thinktank (and an “educational charity”) which is renowned for dangling access to ministers in front of donors. Emily Carver’s “how boring” response was, frankly, pathetic. #bbcqt Here is footage showing IEA director general Mark Littlewood offering potential donors (actually undercover reporters for @UE) access to government ministers in 2019 (I got his name wrong in the original tweet).
Apr 26 5 tweets 4 min read
The Post Office Scandal: @BBCPanorama digs deep into the moral turpitude of the Post Office under CEO Paula Vennells, shining new light on the largest miscarriage of justice in UK history. Congrats @dianamartinbbc @MattBardo @TimRobinsonTV @nickwallis+team bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod… NO JUSTICE:“Thus far, no one has been held to account or accepted responsibility. That’s truly astonishing”. @PaulMar72224296 concludes powerful @BBCPanorama on the Post Office Scandal
Apr 3 4 tweets 3 min read
Shocking scenes of devastation including the destruction of the world’s largest plane, the Antonov AN-225, affectionately known as “Mriya”. #UkraineRussiaWar The remains of the world’s largest aircraft, the Antonov AN-225 #Mriya, at Hostomel airport near Kyiv. The plane, an icon of Ukrainian engineering prowess, was destroyed by Russian forces on around 27 February.
Jan 8 7 tweets 4 min read
John Swift QC’s report confirms
banks including Lloyds and RBS/NatWest lobbied chancellor George Osborne and @hmtreasury to intervene to limit liabilities arising from the @TheFCA’s IRHP Review, even if it meant hanging customers out to dry. @Carlier_J87 jupiter87.com/2022/01/the-sw… The mandate for the Swift Review was for an independent and comprehensive investigation that would establish all the issues relevant to the FCA’s IRHP Review, and establish what lessons could learned from it.
Jan 7 4 tweets 3 min read
LBC should have sacked @maajidnawaz over a year ago. Instead, they let him continue to spread deranged conspiracy theories, bogus science, factual inaccuracies and disinformation about Covid for another 12 months. He blocked me when I called him out over this in December 2020. By Feb 2021 there was already concern about Maajid Nawaz's state-of-mind, given he seemed to have fallen for dozens of conspiracy theories, including that Covid-19 lockdowns were a “global fraud” orchestrated by China’s CCP in order to impoverish the West theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2…
Jan 7 4 tweets 3 min read
Tory peer Michelle Mone and her husband Douglas Barrowman *were* involved in a PPE business that was awarded more than £200m in government contracts after she referred it to the Cabinet Office, leaked documents suggest.
theguardian.com/world/2022/jan… #MichelleMone #DougBarrowmam story on front page of Friday’s Guardian. The bra tycoon *was* secretly involved in her husband’s company Medpro, which she referred to UK goverment, despite months of denials. It went on to win £203m in PPE contracts h/t @hendopolis
Oct 1, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Ed Balls was economic secretary to the Treasury, working alongside chancellor Gordon Brown, in 2006-7. In that role he was responsible for banking regulation. He was economic adviser to shadow chancellor Brown in 1994-7 and chief economic adviser to H.M.Treasury in 1997-2004. As economic secretary to the Treasury in 2006-7 Ed Balls’ priorities were (1) champion the right of bankers to do whatever they wanted (he didn't seem to care about potential economic destruction or fraud) (2) ensure that the government and regulators kept off the bankers’ backs
Oct 1, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
This guy used to be news editor of the Daily Express. I mean it... Mike Parry was news editor of @Daily_Express, before becoming @PA news editor, and then @FAspokesperson. He has also co-presented a show on TalkSPORT with Mike Graham.
Sep 30, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Malcolm Offord tried and failed to become an MSP in May 2021’s @ScotParl elections. Today, after donating nearly £150,000 to the Tories, he’s being ennobled handed a @UKGovScotland ministerial role. Malcolm Offord, a Greenock-born financier who has donated nearly £150,000 to the Tories, was made a life peer and a junior Scotland Office minister over the heads of elected Scottish Tory MPs. theguardian.com/politics/2021/…
Sep 18, 2021 5 tweets 4 min read
Nightmare on Nine Elms street as investors flee massive South London development of 55-storey residential towers. Property experts doubt the #VNEB development will ever be finished, despite the opening of new tube stations. via @BenGartside
telegraph.co.uk/business/2021/… The success of the site, located in Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea, largely hinges on Guangzhou R&F, a Chinese developer that's coming under mounting pressure because of its $52 billion debt pile, which @MoodysInvSvc downgraded earlier this month. telegraph.co.uk/business/2021/…
Sep 18, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
“1,000 Cranes of Solidarity” exhibition in stpetersedinburgh.org. A powerful exposé of how China has trampled over human rights in Hong Kong. Well worth a visit. ImageImage “There’s an Eastern myth that if one person folds 1,000 cranes within the space of one year, their wish will come true”

A Thousand Cranes of Solidarity Exhibition, St Peter’s Church, Lutton Place, Edinburgh. Image
Sep 14, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
This video speaks volumes about the oversupply in China's housing market. 15 tower blocks in Kunming 昆明, the capital of Yunnan province, were demolished last month after sitting unfinished for eight years. Meanwhile China’s largest property developer Evergrande is warning it could default on its $300 billion of liabilities as it struggles to cut costs or sell assets. The company’s Shenzen headquarters was besieged by investors and bondholders last weekend 🇨🇳 edition.cnn.com/2021/09/14/inv…
Jul 31, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Home Office set up fake website and a phoney organisation called On The Move in order to mislead asylum seekers. Scoop by @lizziedearden independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-n… Shadow home secretary @NickTorfaen said: “Priti Patel’s chaotic management of the Home Office has led to thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money being spent on an ad campaign that’s false, disgraceful and dehumanising.”
Jul 20, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
Floods in China's Henan province and it's capital Zhengzhou seem worse even than what happened in Germany last week. Today Zhengzhou had 200mm of rain in one hour. In Germany, they had 154mm in 24 hours. See @javihagen for more. Passengers trapped by rising floodwaters on the #Zhengzhou subway await rescue by Henan firefighters. I hope they’re all okay.
Jul 15, 2021 5 tweets 4 min read
At least 42 people have died in Germany and many more are missing following severe floods, police say. At least six others have died in neighbouring Belgium, and the city of Liège has urged all residents to leave. bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur… Germany floods. Cars being washed down the street in western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. #Hochwasser video @rq_sh4
May 8, 2021 6 tweets 4 min read
Just jaw-dropping corruption: the Queen's cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, filmed at business meeting where clients were told he could be hired for £10,000 a day to make representations to Putin's inner circle. via @JCalvertST @Arbuthnott @tomhcalver thetimes.co.uk/article/facf79… Enthusiastically corrupt?

Prince Michael of Kent was willing to push the boat out to help the fake gold-trading company House of Haedong gain access to the Russia market via his contact with Vladimir Putin.

via @thesundaytimes @C4Dispatches