Analysis: ‘We are not an island’ - the problem with HSBC’s very British internationalism
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray looks at the history of HSBC, the bank that is promoting an internationalist interpretation of Britain – but which misses out its own, dark role in that story.
THE HSBC ‘We are not an island’ advert - promoted online, on TV and a poster campaign plastered across UK cities - has caused a stir, seen by many to be an anti-Brexit statement in the current frenzied atmosphere of British politics.
3 Scottish councils could save over £1 billion by refinancing ‘Lobo’ loans, research finds
RBS has indicated it is “open to discussions” about loan re-financing after agreeing to new terms with Kent and Northamptonshire councils
SCOTLAND’S three largest councils could collectively save over £1 billion by re-financing controversial high interest ‘Lobo’ loans, researchers have found.
Analysis: What would RBS have to do for the kow-towing from politicians to end?
RBS have once again been forced to pay a fine for reckless and potentially criminal behaviour. The list of offences is a long one, it’s owned by the state – but still our politicians are silent
SERIOUS fraudster. Multiple-offender. Destroys small businesses. Broke the economy. Rewards pure greed. Drains cash-strapped local authorities to finance PFI. Terrible at servicing its customers. Will likely break the economy again in the near future.
Community-franchise bank branches could be on the horizon for rural Scotland
‘Community Junction’ will seek to pilot 12 community hub-based bank branches within 18 months
THE OUTLOOK for rural communities in the face of a slew of bank branch closures just got a little brighter, if the ambitious plans of retired accountant Jeff Payne are anything to go by.
Non-profit banks could be the answer to rural Scotland's banking crisis, campaigners say
Campaigners call for a fundamental rethink of banking services to ensure they work for the communities who use them
COMMUNITY-BASED non-profit alternatives to the banking industry could be the answer to the crisis of access facing Scotland’s isolated towns and villages, campaigners have said.
Robin McAlpine: Me and RBS are over – Scotland needs a new bank
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine wants a bank fit to serve customers in the community, not corporations
IN 1990 I was about to go to university; it was time for my own bank account.
My dad took me to his branch where he'd banked for over 30 years, having made an appointment with the manager. The manager was an avuncular chap who immediately offered me a cup of tea.
A 'Hand' for Scotland: Hogmanay currency delivery awaits Scotland's first minister
Social entrepreneur asks if Scotland has the bottle
RAISING his hand in a hall full of attendees, financial services expert and pro-independence activist Mike Fenwick placed a pound into a four litre bottle and challenged "all those who want to see change" to also place a pound of their money inside.