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When the first small piece of shit finally sticks.

So could it really be that after years of stonewalling, Draghi, the ECB and the cabal of central bankers and regulators, are finally being dragged blinking in to the light? Funny how so often the biggest most powerful criminals, the untouchables, are brought down by the smallest of their crimes. The one they thought so beneath them they […]

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Whistleblowers Testify in EU Parliament

Yesterday a very high-powered panel of international banking whistleblowers met and told their stories in the European parliament.  The questions raised were important. Among them was the Irish Whistleblower, Jonathan Sugarman, who when UniCredit Ireland was breaking the law in very serious ways reported it to the Irish regulator. He related how he was not only ignored […]

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Culture Matters

Over the last few months the Brexit debate brought to a head long running arguments about immigration, racism and multiculturalism. It has not been uplifting. People accused each other of being racists, haters, ignorant and lost, as simmering discontents and prejudices all came to the boil. Is it possible to address any of the issues from […]

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An interview about Money Laundering

Here is a 9 minute interview I did recently for Real Media about Money Laundering and what happened to me when I wrote about it. It’s an extract from a much longer and wide ranging interview. In case you’re interested I wrote in more length about the incident in “Making the Truth Illegal – revisited”  

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A note on Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank, one of Europe’s behemoths, is in very deep trouble having lost 90% 0f its share price value since 2007, has been falling sharply all this last year (48% loss this year) and, with its $42 Trillion in Derivatives exposure was singled out by the IMF, as the bank which , “appears to be the most […]

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Listening to Brexit

I have been listening to Brexit and it has been unedifying. My lasting impressions is that there was very little actual listening going on. It was largely just an eruption of bile and bigotry.  The British body politic emptying itself from both ends at once. Everyone offended by the actions of the others, seemingly pleased with […]

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Property bubbles and Banks – again.

Update: Aberdeen suspends trading on £580m UK Property fund and cuts price by 17% So begins an article in Investment Week. Aberdeen Asset Management has temporarily suspended trading in its £580m UK Property fund as well as reducing the price of the fund by 17%, joining a number of other groups in making property fund […]

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Running for Leadership of the Green Party

I normally keep my political beliefs out of this blog. Trying instead to offer an analysis that might be useful no matter what political view you hold.  However, I thought some of you might be interested to know that I am contesting the leadership of the UK Green Party. I doubt I will win. Caroline Lucas […]

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Panama partners in crime

“We have broken no laws and cooperated with the government at all times.”   Variations of that statement seem to be the default defence of everyone from bankers to politicians when their names come up in the Panama Papers. In the UK the latest to resort to some version of it, was first Downing Street on […]

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Re-branding Dissent

I am one of those who thinks that democracy is being destroyed.  I know its fashionable to play cynical one-upmanship and say – ‘we’ve never had democracy’, or, ‘it was destroyed long ago’,  but that game aside, I think its worth actually thinking about how, many forms of democratic expression, effective dissent and peaceful self-determination are being buried. […]

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