The question is where to begin in debunking this ridiculous observation. I'll use the advice that Alice was given by the Queen of Hearts to begin at the beginning and continue to the end and then stop.
Andrew Bailey, chief executive designate of the Prudential Regulation Authority, said lenders use of "forebearance" to allow individuals and businesses in financial difficulty to continue servicing their debts meant they deserved the publics' thanks.Excuse me, given how much public money has been poured into the banks directly, think bailouts, or indirectly, think low interest rate policies, it is the banks that owe a thanks to the public.
"Let me say something unusual now: I think that the banks deserve a thank you for the way in which they have sought to use forebearance," said Mr Bailey.
The Bank of England estimates about 8pc of UK mortgage debt is in forebearance, or about £100bn of home loans, meaning the borrowers have been allowed some form of forgiveness on payments through switching from a capital repayment product to an interest-only loan, as well as other concessions.Forbearance has been used by the banks to hide all the bad debt on and off their balance sheets. With regulatory forbearance, banks have not had to recognize upfront the losses on all this bad debt. What the banks have done is to push the losses into the future.
Everyone knows this and everyone wonders just how much bad debt the banks are hiding.
Mr Bailey, who is currently head of the prudential business unit at the Financial Services Authority, will from next year take responsibility for ensuring the stability of Britain's banking system....His comments show him to be a truly bank friendly. Is this a characteristic that a bank regulator should have?
he said he was "impressed" by the efforts of banks to take steps to ensure struggling borrowers were given help to avoid defaulting on their debt.
"Sometimes the medicine could be hard, but there are many companies around today that would otherwise not be employing people," he said.Zombie corporations that are kept alive by banks engaging in extend and pretend. Zombie corporations that are focused solely on making payments to the banks and therefore engage in activities that are damaging to the real economy.
Mr. Bailey assumes that no one else would be interested in keeping the companies running if the debt owed by the companies was reduced to a level the companies could afford. He also leaves out the number of people who would be employed if the debt were reduced, but have lost their jobs to maximize the companies ability to make payments to the banks.