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espite the wholly over-hyped quarterly growth fi gures Janu- ary heralded plenty of good news, albeit mostly in the buy-to-let world. Commendations go to Abbey, Paragon, Clydesdale, Woolwich, Plat- form (great low fees) and Aldermore for their progressive approaches. TMW and BM Solutions take note. Mainstream offerings were less dy- namic and you don’t need an over-busy SWAPS graphic to illustrate pricing trends. It’s clear that Virgin is “up for it” and Leeds Building Society has im- pressed. Maybe with the diamond ju- bilee and the Olympics effectively ren-

“Mainstream offerings were less dynamic and you don’t need an over- busy SWAPS graphic to illustrate pricing trends. It’s clear that Virgin is up for it”

dering 2012 an 11 month year, lenders may want to get ahead of their targets and The Outlaw is hopeful that Easter will reveal some of the most attractive prime products in over four years. In separate spheres, The Outlaw had his day made by Meryl Streep’s fi ne

Photo © Alex Bailey 50% tax: Do as I do

acting and the incumbent Tory PM impressed by defending the 50% tax bracket . Classic “Do as I do” stuff from the PM.


he worst of the bad news this month is owned by the bank that we all own. By virtue of which, RBS should at least have oper- ated a competent business on behalf of the nation. Its shocking behaviour on complaints handling led to its fourth FSA fi ne in two years taking the total to nearly £17m. That might have saved 20 BDMs their jobs. Disgraceful. Staying with RBS, The Outlaw also has Scottish National Party Leader Alex Salmond now on his Wanted List. The connection? Well, this is the statesman who wrote to ex-RBS chief exec Fred Goodwin on the eve of the

The good, the bad the boring & the vulgar


Wanted: Misplaced support for RBS & Independence

ABN AMRO deal offering him encour- agement and help! And The Outlaw implores all Scottish readers think- ing of voting for independence to be careful for what they might wish for... Incidentally, is that oil found near the Falklands English or British? Discuss. Back to the MMR, within which the FSA said: “We should see a channel re-distribution in favour of direct lend- ers” as opposed to “could”. A clumsy inference.

In wider life tasteless oversight came

from Diane Abbott, John Terry and Luis Suarez (great idea those t-shirts, Kenny!) but in some startling triumphs of desperation over good judgement joint fi rst place this month went to the captain of the Costa Concordia and Arsene Wenger. Both need help from Specsavers it would seem.

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