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Friday, May 04, 2012

King Rewrites History

Sir Mervyn King, Governor of The Bank of England, has stirred up a hornets nest after his recent BBC radio lecture in which he rewrote history and his/the Bank's role in the financial crisis.

Amongst other things, King said that the Bank would be very happy to co-operate with another inquiry into the collapse of Northern Rock (the bank that the Bank of England refused to bailout).

This willingness to co-operate rather took the breath away of Andew Tyrie, chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, who said that the Bank "should get on with it at the first available opportunity".

Others on the Select Committee expressed astonishment at the Governor's comments, given that the Committee has asked the Bank on numerous occasions to co-operate with an inquiry only to have their requests refused. The Bank remains the only member of the tri-partite system not to have published a review into its role in the crisis.

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