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Max Keiser on the “financial terrorism” of Royal Bank of Scotland
The headlines have recently reported that the Royal Bank of Scotland owners of Ulster Bank in Ireland carried out widespread fraud and engaged in forcing customers who were repaying their debt and otherwise healthy, into going out of business and this allowed the bank to pick up their assets namely their properties at a fraction of the true costs. They carried out this financial terrorism mostly against small firms who were too small to defend themselves.
In a blog by journalist Ian Fraser linked from the report that Max Keiser carries on this on his website, Ian writes:
Max Keiser is clearly over-the-top but he reflects the outrage that many feel today at the behaviour of the taxpayer-rescued bank RBS — which has today been confirmed to have been engaged in the systematic theft of business customers’ assets and other forms of outrageous skulduggery. The malpractice, which remains endemic inside the bank’s commercial and corporate lending, global restructuring group and West Register property arm (I have been covering this charlatanism since December 2010) is gaining wider exposure thanks to the efforts of the Leeds-based entrepreneur and overall IoD ‘director of the year 2012′ Lawrence Tomlinson.
In a report published today for the business secretary Vince Cable, Tomlinson makes clear that RBS routinely “distresses” otherwise profitable, stable and creditworthy businesses by “manufacturing defaults” in order to tip them into its recovery and restructuring division, GRG, and then to allow its West Register property arm to effectively steal their commercial property assets. In a policy statement in May 2009 the bank said GRG/West Register had an “appetite” for particular categories of property assets including “offices, retail and industrial premises, pubs, hotels, nursing homes, car dealerships and hospitals”.
What we have here is the financial giants instead of helping the base of the economy, are cannibalizing it. Surely the whole purpose of a bank is to help small businesses. And we can be sure if one bank is doing this, then it is likely a lot of the other banks are too.
It seems that this fraud went undetected because many of the people running these small business firstly didn't have the resources to find the bank, nor did they have the power, contacts and might to force the government, media or regulators to take any notice. A functioning system of checks and balances would have stopped this very early on, but it is clear the checks and balance system has long been made ineffective through corporate takeover.