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    Citi: EU Only Thing Keeping Britain From Becoming A Third-World Country

    As long as threats are being issued over the matter, Citigroup would like to remind the U.K. that without the EU, it is just a small island country that is no easier to get to from New York than Frankfurt.

    / Jan 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM
  • News

    H.M. Treasury Calls An Independent Scotland The Worst Thing It Can Thing Of

    The British government is fighting dirty in its bid to win next September’s referendum on Scottish independence, with a new Treasury report calling Caledonia Cyprus without the beaches or Turks.

    / May 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM
  • News

    The UK Begs To Differ

    The British government doesn’t understand what the IMF is saying, and doesn’t care about what the EU is saying.

    / Apr 23, 2013 at 4:59 PM
  • News

    British Banks’ Capital Ratios Were Too High When They Took All Of That Taxpayer Money

    You know what would have made the financial crisis even more exciting? A proliferation of smaller British banks begging for a little help or full-on nationalization. In any event, the FSA is apparently going to keep busy right up until the moment that George Osborne shuts the lights.

    / Mar 26, 2013 at 3:53 PM
  • bonuses

    EU Bullies Gang Up on Britain to Approve Bonus Limits

    The surprise camaraderie enjoyed by the U.K. in European circles, vis-à-vis the European Community’s campaign to destroy London’s status as a global financial center, has evaporated as quickly as it appeared. As if to fortify the opinion of Euroskeptics across Great Britain that the U.K.’s European partners are fey, duplicitous and centralizing all at the […]

    / Mar 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM
  • News

    United Kingdom Couldn’t Be Prouder Of Scotland-Born Whorehouse CEO

    The last six weeks have been a fairly stressful time for Anna Gristina/Scotland. On March 6, she was arrested for allegedly running a brothel out of an East 78th Street apartment, where she provided hookers to “wealthy, powerful men” (“politicians, top-law enforcement, influential lawyers, bankers, entertainment execs and Fortune 500 businessmen”), which meant her plans for global expansion (the details of which she’d been hammering out with a broker friend just that morning) had to be shelved. On April 3, her request for reduced bail (set at $2 million) was denied for a fourth time. On April 9, it became clear she was probably going to have to send her pet pigs to a farm “upstate.” Right now, as she sits in a jail cell on Riker’s Island, it would be fair to assume Gristina/Scotland’s spirits are pretty low. And while it may be little consolation, she should know that everyone back home, across the pond, is not only rooting for her but swelling with pride over her accomplishments.

    When David Cameron spoke recently of entrepreneurs banging the drum for British business, he possibly wasn’t referring to the woman whose entrepreneurship has become the talk of New York. In her own way, though, Anna Gristina, 44, could be cited as a curious example of British excellence. The Scottish woman, who allegedly ran a high-class prostitution racket from her Manhattan apartment for 15 years, has been showing that when it comes to sex scandals the Brits still lead the world. Heidi Fleiss may have had an A-list clientele but she didn’t have Playboy models working for her, royalty and former presidential candidates on the books, an ex-husband who is a noted politician, and a stunning stand-up comedienne sidekick. For wild originality alone the “McMadam” story surely wins out.

    District Attorney Charles Linehan told the court that there “was no plainer example that she (Gristina) is a flight risk.” If the prosecutors are playing hardball, however, so is Gristina. From her cell in Riker’s Island she sent word that she would sooner bite her own tongue off than betray any of her prominent clients. One would expect nothing less of a doughty Scot, who decades ago left behind her tiny village of Kirkliston, near Edinburgh, to make her fortune in the big city but is still well remembered back home.

    That’s our girl!

    McMadam is the talk of New York [Independent]

    / Apr 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM
  • News

    Some British Bankers Fighting For Their Rights More Than Others

    Perhaps rightfully so, British bankers have had it up to here [here] with their government. The anger stems from freaky ass rules officials would like to impose on financial services chippies (for instance, rules that would cap top execs’ cash bonuses at 20 percent of total total compensation and proposals to tax the shit out […]

    / Dec 15, 2010 at 1:21 PM
  • News

    Ireland Might Get A Little Money To Tide Itself Over, If Country Can Swallow Its Pride

    The Journal reports that “European finance ministers working on an international aid package for Ireland want the U.K. to make bilateral loans to Dublin as part of a larger aid package that could total up to €100 billion ($136 billion) and include credit from the euro zone and International Monetary Fund,” according to people familiar […]

    / Nov 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM
  • Banks, News

    Bonus Watch ’10: Bankers And Traders Working For UK Firms To Get Nada After Taxes?

    The numbers have been crunched and there’s good news and less good news.

    / Nov 15, 2010 at 11:33 AM
  • News

    FSA To Slap Goldman On Wrist Re Abacus Tomorrow

    You’re a naughty bank– you’re naughty!

    / Sep 8, 2010 at 4:05 PM
  • News

    UK Firms Can’t Have Women Around The Office On The Off Chance Someone Reaches Out And Touches Them

    Fucking women. It’s not that financial services firms in the UK don’t want to employ them, or think they couldn’t do just as bang-up a job as the men. This is not one of those situations.* The Brits love the ladies and would like nothing than more to hire them, and maybe maul them a […]

    / Oct 14, 2009 at 1:43 PM

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