Tax and Fiscal Policy

RBS sell-off should be the first of many


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Commenting on the initial sell-off of the government’s shares in the Royal Bank of Scotland, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“It is a welcome relief to see the government finally taking steps to reduce its stake in RBS. The sooner the bank is returned to the private sector the better, so while the Chancellor is right to be cautious, today’s sell-off should be the first of many more to come.

“Even if sold at a loss, both the taxpayer and the bank have nothing to gain from the government holding on to its shares in RBS. Waiting for the share price to rise will further postpone a process that should have started long ago.

“The public should never again have to pick up the pieces for the careless behaviour of banks. If the mistakes of RBS are ever repeated, then the bank responsible should have no choice but to face the full consequences of its actions.”


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