Helen Martin: Who runs the country: banks or our MPs?

Prime Minister Theresa May
Prime Minister Theresa May
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According to Theresa May, closure of RBS branches (despite the bank still being part-owned by the public) is a commercial decision even if it leaves rural towns and villages “branchless”. Nothing to do with her then.

She claimed: “What is important is that services are available to individuals and these alternatives are available.”

The “alternatives” are usually defined by the bank as Post Offices – which don’t provide the necessary services and are also not “available” because they are being shut down at a similar rate.

Those now forming part of shops are rarely up to the mark.

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That’s tantamount to an admission by the Prime Minister that banks run and control this country, rather than Parliament which has no say over a bank – even if it owns it.