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Friday, November 07, 2008

Called To See The Headmaster

As predicted, despite the 1.5% cut in rates yesterday, the high street banks have been a tad tardy in passing on the cuts to their hard pressed borrowers.

Needless to say, the government is not best pleased as it will be blamed by the voters for this (not least because it now has effective control of a number of these banks).

Alistair Darling therefore summoned the CEOs of HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds TSB, HBOS and Abbey to Downing Street this morning to demand that they immediately pass on the rate cut to their customers.

Bradford & Bingley (B&B), Lloyds TSB and Abbey have now passed on the rate reduction.

I suspect that before the day is out, we will hear from the other banks that the rate cuts will be passed on.

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