Earlier this month the bigwigs from the Co-op bank were trumpeting about how their bank was in fine fettle and today it seems the viability of the bank is being called into question. So, how does a leader in "ethical banking" explain the sudden deterioration of fortune ?
An accountant in business
I've been blogging on my website www.formationsdirect.com for some time with my non-PC view of the world of economics,business and other stuff. If you like to read the views of somebody who doesn't "toe the party line" you've come to the right place. Government cock-ups, financial turmoil , business scandals and people's behaviour - I've got something to say about it , whether you like it or not.
Lord Lawson has hit the nail on the head with Europe. I was thinking how 10 years ago I was sprouting forth that the EU was not good for us and we mustn't join the Euro . On the latter I was vindicated for exactly the reasons I was saying it.
From my desk there are 6 firms of accountants at least within a few hundred yards and 3 of them I can see from the window . One of these , which I obviouxly cannot name for fear of embarrasing them , has a PPC advert that pop up virtually every time that I go into AccountingWeb.
Yesterday we found out what we all knew . That more and more people are using casualty as a shortcut to see a doctor. Why do I think it so obvious ? There seems to be an ever growing number of ambulances passing my office on "blues and twos" .
George Osborne has unleashed a very clever weapon in the Scottish referendum debate. As a very jingoistic and proud people most Scots would tell you that they woud like to be independent.
So we have a headline that EU fraud is running at £5bn. I must admit at being surprised how low it is. Yup , that's correct - it is far too low. For a organisation that is virtually unaccountable and has a budget in multiples of this sum it really is surprisingly low.
Lord Sugar has been through the nightmare scenario feared by SMEs up and down the land - a speciosu employment tribunal claim.
So the HBOS debate rumbles on as to being barred from directorships .
I'm sure you've all had a wee peek at the BBC's class calculator ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22000973 ) to check that you are at least middle class .
Okay , I declare an interest - I was a member of AWeb's revered and distinguished budget panel . I have never paid so much attention to a budget before .