The Anonymous Widower

When Will We Ever Learn?

One of our mistakes in 2008 was to rescue banks, rather than let them go bust! Retail customers up to the savings limit should be compensated, but for everything else, that’s business!

This article on the BBC is entitled Santander Rescues Rival Banco Popular From Collapse.

One of the things, I was told by my friend, who rose to be Business Banking Director of a major Clearing Bank, was to never bank with a bank, that was headquartered and/or owned outside the UK. I would change that to England after Royal Bank of UK Taxpayers and Bank of Scotland.

So who will eventually pay for Santander’s purchase?

Incidentally, with Qatar’s problems at the moment and their stake in Barclays, I personally will be staying clear of that bank.

June 8, 2017 Posted by | Finance, World | , , , | Leave a comment

The Bank That Keeps On Losing

This article on the BBC is entitled RBS blames legacy issues for £2bn loss.

This is the first paragraph.

Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a £2bn loss for the first six months of the year, which the chief executive blamed on “legacy issues”.

The only legacy issue that matters, is that Gordon Brown was stupid enough to rescue it with £45.5billion of the UK’s money, instead of let it go bust.

But then it was all about Scottish votes, as was the two aircraft carriers, that may not be what the navy needs in this increasingly dangerous world of terrorists and rogue states.

Thank you, Gordon!

How can I claim my share back, like I did with PPI?

August 5, 2016 Posted by | Business, Finance | , | 2 Comments

The End Of Cheap Credit Cards?

This question is posed in this article in the Daily Telegraph, as RBS/NatWest ends cheap introductory deals.

About time too, as why should I as a UK taxpayer and part owner of so-called bank RBS, subsidise the irresponsible debts of others?


March 16, 2014 Posted by | Finance | , , | Leave a comment

Would You Buy A Political Idea From This Man?

Gordon Brown is going to outline his ideas for better power sharing between London and Edinburgh. It’s all here on the BBC.

I doubt anybody will be listening!

I certainly won’t be, as he was one of the idiots, who saddled the UK with that useless bank, the Royal Bank of UK Taxpayers, for which we are all still paying.

It would have been so much cheaper to liquidate it and then pay everyone who lost out in taxpayers money. But that would have meant Labour losing all votes in Scotland!

March 10, 2014 Posted by | Finance, News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Has This Art Not Been Sold?

My Internet trawl on the Royal Bank of UK Taxpayers has found this tasty morsel in the Scottish Daily Record web site. Here’s the first paragraph.

Fred the Shred’s stunning corporate art collection is still still under wraps at taxpayer-owned bank despite promises to make it more accessible to the public.

As selling this has no implications for the profitability of the rump of the bank or employment issues, it is a disgrace that it hasn’t been sold or at least displayed in public.

February 24, 2014 Posted by | Finance, World | , , | 2 Comments

Prospects For Scottish Banks

I have a trawl for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Goggle and two stories this morning make interesting reading.

Scotland Will Never Be Free as Long as It Has RBS is from Bloomberg and Analysis: Scottish banks plan quietly as independence debate gets louder is from the Chicago Tribune.

They should be read.

I don’t care which way Scotland votes, as it is their affair, but I won’t be following David Cameron’s advice to phone my Scottish friends and implore them to stay, Mainly because all of them seem to be in the Better Together camp.

One feeling I do have, is that the Scottish independence debate is the tail, that is wagging the donkey of the Royal Bank of Scotland.  No bank is too big to fail, but because of the referendum in September, no English politician dare put the Royal Bank of Scotland and its employees out of its misery.

I can’t believe that if Barclays had got into the sort of trouble RBS did, then it wouldn’t have been liquidated.

February 8, 2014 Posted by | Finance, News | , , , | Leave a comment

RBS Mucks Up ISAs

My trawl for the Royal Bank of UK Taxpayers, has found this story from the Herald.  Here’s the first paragraph.

Some NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) customers have found themselves short-changed in their monthly interest payments in the latest blunder to hit the banks.

It looks like a computer error.

It’s funny, but it seems quite a few of the stories critical of RBS, seem to be in the Herald. Didn’t it uised to be the Glasgow Herald?

February 5, 2014 Posted by | Finance, News | , , | Leave a comment

The Bill For RBS Goes Up

On the first of January, I wrote this post, entitled Will We Ever Get Rid Of This Worthless Bank.

But now according to reports, like this one on the BBC, the bill is going to get bigger. The BBC article says that the bank needs another £3.1 billion for claims relating to the financial crisis. As there are sixty three million of us, that means, that even the granny in the council house and the baby just leaving the hospital will have to find another pound a week.

So next time, you look at your bank account or count the change in your pocket, think of the mess that the prudent Gordon Brown, dropped us in.

January 28, 2014 Posted by | Finance, News | , , | Leave a comment

Kicking A Bank When It’s Down

I keep all the scamming e-mails, that I get sent, so I can see any trends. If for instance I were to see a large number attacking the bank I use, it would put me on alert, and I’d be very careful in checking my account.

Over the last few months, RBS and its subsidiary, Natwest have had a series of well-documented computer problems. So as customers of this group now seem to be the target of most of my scam e-mails, could it be that the scammers get a higher chance to fraudulently remove money from a customer of a bank, that has a series of computer problems, as this softens customers up.

So perhaps, if your bank continually annoys you with unavailability of the service and security lapses, you should move to one that is more reliable.

Perhaps, the Financial Conduct Authority, should publish a web site, showing all of the failures of banks, building societies and credit cards. Then we’d all be able to sort the good from the bad.

January 7, 2014 Posted by | Computing | , , | Leave a comment

The RBS Computer System Strikes Again!

Or that’s what it looks like according to this article in the Guardian. Here’s the first part.

NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland customers have become the victims of another technical glitch that has resulted in many being unable to pay for fuel at Tesco‘s petrol stations. Reports of the problems spread on social media after customers’ credit cards were declined when they tried to pay for fuel.

I still meet people, who bank with Britain’s most accident-prone bank! Why?

January 3, 2014 Posted by | Finance, News | , , | 1 Comment