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RBS - A Labour bank for Labour people, we have no strangers here.

Tubs:"Edward! Edward! He's not Labour"

Edward: "Not Labour!

You people march in here, young an Tory. This is a decent bank, a Labour bank. We'l have no Tories here.

I was in a war you know...."

The right to keep one’s political affiliation secret is in many eyes a sacred feature of British life. There are households where married couples don’t tell each other how they vote. Those who grew up during the Cold War era remember the years when, in some countries, party membership was a grim prerequisite of a halfway decent life. So it is still a matter of pride that, in Britain, one is never required to discuss one’s political beliefs. Unless, that is, you want to do a certain type of business with the state-controlled Royal Bank of Scotland.

Geoff Robbins, a Cheshire-based computer consultant, recently approached RBS to ask for a credit-card processing facility for his business. After the usual bankers’ inquisition, he was asked a question that knocked him for six: did he have any political affiliation? Did he know any MPs, councillors or mayors? It was a new question, the lady explained to him, which had been introduced soon after the government took control of RBS. She said, in his paraphrase, that ‘political influences may be used for corrupt purposes’.

When I first heard Mr Robbins’s story, it seemed hard to believe. But the more I considered the context of this government’s apparently irrepressible desire to pry into every aspect of out lives, the more it had the awful ring of truth. I decided to investigate further and called RBS, who issued an outright denial. ‘We would never ask such a question, nor would we dream of doing so,’ said its spokeswoman. So Mr Robbins had concocted his story? Unconvinced, I called RBS Streamline, posing as an employee for my mother-in-law’s (real) company and asking for the same service...

Do pop over and have a read of the whole article. Methinks questions should be asked of the one eyed trouser pissing snot gobbler, our dire and tedious speaker James Gordon Brown. Piss poor PM and alround shitheel.

The words off and fuck would be used to any damn company that tried to pry into my voting habits. 

3 people have spoken:

Oldrightie said...

Soon it will be the blogosphere.

Anonymous said...

It is now.
Here. http://libertarianalliance.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/rbs-interesting-and-sad-but-inevitable/

Houdini said...

where married couples don’t tell each other how they vote..

My in laws are Labour and they know I think they are cunts, and now after all these years don't admit it.