Business Diary: Clubs blackball the bankers

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"Excuse me, sir... but are you a banker?" These dreaded words may soon, discreetly but firmly, form the precursor for a gentle expulsion from some of London's finest clubs. Soho House, for one, is reportedly returning to its media and arts roots, and blackballing finance: "There is no strict anti-banker policy but our clubs are very much rooted in the creative industries. It's at the committee's discretion who they keep. Some people make the grade and some people don't." Well, as they say at the Groucho, tweaking their eponymous hero's most famous quip, would you want to be a member of any club that would have a banker as a member?

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