Evil bankers: Now could be the moment to see them differently

‘He was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge!’ Not all bankers (or accountants, come to that) are villains, but they can do more to help themselves explains Chris Blackhurst

Friday 20 December 2019 12:52
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Figment of the imagination: your local branch of Barclays or Halifax is unlikely to see many Ebenezers
Figment of the imagination: your local branch of Barclays or Halifax is unlikely to see many Ebenezers

Some years ago, at this time of year, I committed the mistake of taking a very senior banker to see A Christmas Carol.

I was on the board of a theatre at the time, and the banker’s wife had expressed an interest in getting involved. Sensing the prospect of a large donation, possible sponsorship and access to their network of wealthy friends (we were impoverished), I invited them both to the Christmas production.

I introduced him to a board colleague and said what his job was. Whereupon my fellow director made the sign of the cross as if he was warding off a vampire. Then, as the play started, I soon realised that references to greedy bankers had been written into the script (it was not long after the banking crisis).

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