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Friday, November 07, 2008

A fuss about banks

British banks are being criticised for not passing the 1.5% rate cut on to their customers, but retaining some or all of the difference. Presumably they are trying to rebuild their reserves, for running down which they have been much more justifiably criticised. Or do we wish them to remain insolvent, which, as Rick Santelli has admitted, they are?

As my wife said, what do we expect the banks to do: take in washing? Look after your pets in holiday time? Run daycare for the elderly in their conveniently-located, brightly-lit premises?

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