The Great Debate UK

Should a country always stand behind its banks?

December 7, 2010

Ever since the financial crisis broke in 2008 some of the world’s major banks have their governments to thank for their survival. The fates of Royal Bank of Scotland or Citibank would have been much worse without large injections of capital from the UK and U.S. authorities. The UK government pumped more than £37 billion into its largest banks in the immediate aftermath of the Lehman Brothers crisis. Ireland took that a step further when it guaranteed all of its banks’ deposits and liabilities. This was affordable, the Irish government said at the time.

from MacroScope:

Banking on a Portuguese bailout?

November 30, 2010

portgualprotest.jpgReuters polls of economists over the last few weeks have come up with some pretty firm conclusions about both Ireland and Portugal needing a bailout from the European Union.

Why we have to support Ireland

November 23, 2010

IRELAND-POLITICS/– Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School. The opinions expressed are his own. –

What to do about the City’s “Lazy Funds”

By Guest Contributor
November 8, 2010

BRITAIN/By Andrew Kakabadse

–Andrew Kakabadse ( is Professor of  International Management Development at Cranfield School of Management. The opinions expressed are his own.–

A changing of the guard in UK regulatory structure

By Guest Contributor
October 22, 2010

Press Action Head and Shoulders– Richard Saunders is Chief Executive of the Investment Management Association. The opinions expressed are his own. –

from Global News Journal:

Ireland’s boasts come home to roost

October 1, 2010

Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan

Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan

Irish literature and legend is full of boasts, like the claim by Christy Mahon in Synge's "Playboy of the Western World" that he has killed his da with a loy (Irish for spade), only to have the old man track him down in another town.

What is the extent of Ireland’s crisis?

By Guest Contributor
October 1, 2010

- Kathleen Brooks is research director at The opinions expressed are her own. -

Regulatory gaps let banks off the bonus hook

September 6, 2010

– The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

What happened to taking responsibility for our own actions?

August 25, 2010

Rachel Mason is public relations manager at Fair Investment. The opinions expressed are her own.