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In praise of Barclays

Ben Chu

Barclays 001 150x150 In praise of BarclaysYes, you read that headline right. It’s true that I’ve not been been particularly sympathetic to Barclays or its new chief executive, Bob Diamond, over the years. But credit where it’s due. The bank’s decision to offer no-quibble compensation to those to whom it mis-sold payment protection insurance policies is an honourable move – especially since Lloyds and the Royal Bank of Scotland are still scrutinising every claim.

Nils Pratley at The Guardian suggests Barclays has been clever because the bank will save on administration costs through this blanket compensation. Well, I suspect the tens of thousands of Barclays customers mis-sold PPI don’t mind in the slightest. RBS and Lloyds customers probably wish their own banks were so clever.

Elaine Moore at the FT says the cynical will wonder if the move is a way for Barclays to avoid full liability. Again, if so, it’s a dodge that benefits ripped-off customers.

Of course the line in the Barclays statement that “when we get things wrong, we apologise, and work hard and work fast to put them right as quickly as possible” is complete cobblers. They fought over payment protection insurance compensation for years, just like the rest of the sector. And it was only when the High Court ruled against them in April that they accepted defeat.

But Barclays is the first high street bank to do the right thing and pay up with no questions asked. For that (if nothing else) they deserve praise.

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  • CrystalForce

    ‘Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.’

    Oprah Winfrey

  • billyfromdenmark

    Of course the line in the Barclays statement that “when we get things
    wrong, we apologise, and work hard and work fast to put them right as
    quickly as possible” is complete cobblers. They fought over payment
    protection insurance compensation for years.

    Shame that the victims are generally unaware of what consequential loss is, and their rights in English Law to reclaim it from Barclays, but that won’t matter once they’ve accepted Barclays only offer of settlement in the form of a “Gesture of Goodwill”.

  • discustarded

    They congratulate themselves on being slightly above the others on integrity despite being well below any morals that govern other industries.

    The fact that they ever questioned their responsibility over this issue shows the true face of Barclays.
    Have they even solved the matter of how it happened in the first place? Put in place safeguards?

    A half a***d solution which NOBODY should accept.

    If they cared about us over the money we wouldn’t even be in this situation. Too little too late.

    Thieving scum (extend that sentiment to the rest)


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