Why should the bank have first charge on the money? Surely some creditors are more ‘owed’ than others and so the bank may be taking money that should be more rightly paid to someone else first?
What this should result in is people moving their money out of the bank they have unsecured debt with which is hardly in bank’s best interests.
Right of set-off applies even in the case of insolvency and ranks ahead of all other priority creditors, including the revenue. The bank should have the money because it’s unreasonable to expect them not to keep it when they have it. If you crashed your car and got a courtesy car, would it be reasonable to expect the repair company to give you your own car back if you refused to give them back their courtesy car?
Banks have had this right for a long time – maybe even forever – it’s nothing new and it hasn’t caused a problem so far. It’s easy to side with the debtor and against the big faceless banks when you’ve never seen it from the other side. There are a lot of genuine cases but a sizeable proportion of debtors really do take the piss.
But we wouldn’t want to harm the stupid and greedy would we.
The harder we make it for them to make a profit, the more money they’re going to need off the taxpayer. Low interest rates and more regulation are going to deprive them of income.
I feel that now is exactly the WRONG time for the banks to start doing this. If our taxes for the next x years are keeping them in business now, then I think that they should be a little less willing to help themselves.
If the population as a whole thinks that banks are going just that little bit too far (and let’s face it, they’re not that far off currently) then there will be mass defaults which the banks would not be able to control at all.
steve : the banks are owed money and the way things are that means it is our money they are getting back, it is the huge huge debt hole that is the problem, it is about time people were stopped from accruing more debt and being forced to pay some of it off.
we need to go back to living within our means and paying off our debts, it will be nasty medicine for us all
“The harder we make it for them to make a profit, the more money they’re going to need off the taxpayer. Low interest rates and more regulation are going to deprive them of income.”
Ah, wonko leaps to the defence of the super-rich again!
I’m sorry, but why do we need more than one chain of banks? Seems rather wasteful to me…
We need a National Financial Service.
The Banks deserve everything they get and then some. For years they have been fleecing customers, with unlawful charges. They pay a shite interest rate on savings, whilst charging well over the odds in interest on loans. They get paid from both ends and deserve all they get.
They are just like estate agents and politicians, full of crap and just about as useless.
Charlie, do you think a single state-owned financial service company would be run in the interests of the country or would it end up being a cash cow raped by the Treasury like ever other public utility has been run? Besides, that would be illegal under EUSSR rules.
‘I’m sorry, but why do we need more than one chain of banks? Seems rather wasteful to me…’
If there is no reason to work, they wont work, they will do things to suit themselves and be shite at it.
We need competition, we need to make them work for our money.
What about ethics? do we trust the government to be ethical? If my bank does something to piss me off, i change banks, if there is only 1 bank, are we stuck with it and i will have to set fire to bus shelters instead
Needn’t be state controlled. The NHS isn’t, not directly. Could be mutually owned by its staff and customers.
I don’t like the way you’re quoting EU rules at me, Wonko. Turning Euro-federalist? Getting kicked out of the EU for establishing a national financial service would be two for the price of one!
The private banks have been screwing us over for years – now the govt’s bailed them out we’re going to be screwed for a lot longer.
would mutuially owned be like the the old building societies before they sold their souls?
or like the credit unions?
The principles are the same.
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