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The anti-cash lobby – principals

It’s about convergence on POS with a nice fat deduction-from-face-value – 8% if possible

It must be absolutely obvious who are the principals in the campaign
to eliminate cash – it’s the card issuers and the card brands. Both have
serious financial interests in play.

In the UK the major banks have reduced their branch networks and with it […]

The anti-cash lobby – frontrunners, fellow travellers or useful idiots?

Lenin – the supposed inventor of the phrase “useful idiots”

Who are the anti-cash lobby and why are they so against
other people using what they like to pay for stuff?

This lobby has become vocal during the COVID-19 crisis (as
if it was not vocal enough before) in conflating usage with cash with spreading
the virus.

Prior to that the […]

Leaving your creditors to whistle in the wind – and an £88,000 chunder…

Report on the trial of the miscreant Richard Towne – “the Zeeland Sands Chunderer”

We have done four previous blogs about the punishment of economic crime as recorded in the Old Bailey archives and particularly for the period when we have the “Ordinary’s Account” of the resulting executions.

Now we should move on to the cases of […]

Uttering a forged Bill of Exchange or Promissory Note – it could prove fatal

Extract from “Ordinary’s Account” of executions at the Tyburn on 23rd March 1752

We have recently published three blogs about economic crime
in the modern day and its equivalents in the Old Bailey archives, with special
references to the “Ordinary’s Accounts”: the Newgate prison chaplain’s narrative
about each condemned prisoner and their crime.

Report OA17520323 of 23rd […]

Bit/Stablecoin exchanges – are they “uttering”, passing clipped or counterfeit money?

The heinous crime of Thomas Wood…but he did not get to face the drop.

We have previously examined the archives of Old Bailey
proceedings for precedent offences to those of issuing Stablecoin (“coin
clipping”) and issuing Bitcoin (“uttering counterfeit currency”).

To close the loop we need to take a position on the running
of a Bit/Stablecoin exchange, and to do […]

Bitcoin – is it “Uttering”, which is creating and/or passing counterfeit currency?

The chaplain’s account of the demise of divers traiterous malefactors

The archives of Old Bailey proceedings are detailed in their
coverage of offences to do with the Coin of the Realm, and infringements

In a previous blog we explored whether Stablecoin was an
example of “coin clipping” because, although supposedly backed by fiat
currency, gold, silver or whatever, it was […]

Stablecoin – 21st century coin clipping?

Benjamin Smith’s Treason: Clipping the King’s Coin

I count myself very lucky in the current difficulties for
many things, including having an Open University MA in English local history to
be getting on with. It is 100% remote and can be done on a social-distance or
self-isolation basis, apart from missing out on visiting fusty archives.

The current module is […]

Protecting global financial markets from Eurozone systemic risk

The Euro is a currency without a Eurozone sovereign legal person backing it. Swathes of Eurozone financial assets are rated and accounted for as if there was such a legal person, whereas the backing for these assets is far less impressive.

The consequence is that the Eurozone
financial system is far less well-capitalised than it appears, and […]

Chair of AUKPI

I have taken on the role for one year of chair of the trade association for the UK’s Payment Institutions. This is the Association of UK Payment Institutions and I will be attempting, as my main focus, to resolve the issue around bank accounts in the UK.

Since UK banks have started their process of de-risking, […]

My priorities as Managing Director of the UK’s Payment Systems Regulator: speech for 2019 SIBOS

Important forenote

“It is a great pleasure to make this address to you as the Managing Director designate of the UK’s Payment Systems Regulator.

I would like
simply to outline the nine focus areas for the first year of my tenure in this

With your
kind permission I will dispense with any flannel about the background and any
claims to great […]