Society and Culture

Banks should have the right to select customers


In the Media

Cento Veljanovski writes for CapX

Energy and Environment

Matthew Lesh writes for City AM

IEA Director of Public Policy and Communications, Matthew Lesh has written for City AM arguing that commercial banks should still have the right to pick and choose their customers.

Matthew wrote:

“Natwest’s handling of the Farage affair has been an unmitigated public relations disaster. They have turned a much-disliked public figure – a former UKIP leader – into a sympathetic victim of procedural mistreatment, false accusations, and severe privacy breaches.

“This attitude shows how a certain ideology has seeped into major institutions. It’s not only that the Bank’s reputational risk committee failed to see the obvious reputational risk of debanking someone with such a large megaphone. But also, that they did not consider this a political decision.

“The government risks undermining a vital principle of a free society: private banks like Coutts, like any other business, should be perfectly entitled to who they provide services to. Ultimately, the alternative is a form of enslavement in which individuals are forced to work for others without any choice.”

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