“Sir, With reference to the debate on the definition of a banker: may I add another element of personal experience?
“I was married at Chelsea Register Office in 1984. At the time, the registrar was determined to prevent non-residents of the borough from using the office because of its fashionable address. Her due diligence included a detailed application form and a highly intimidating interview. I confidently listed my “Occupation” as “Banker”, but during the subsequent interview the registrar asked me: “Young man, do you own the bank?” Answering in the negative, I was then told in a withering tone: “Then you are a bank employee” and my form was amended accordingly.
“The experience has remained with me, and to this day I still identify most of the self-styled bankers we see thus described in the press as bank employees, the “hired help”. Today, though, the hired help appear to have been able to distort the distribution of rewards at banks between themselves and the unfortunate owners to an unreasonable extent. I think the owners somehow need to reassert their rights over the employees, who, after all, would not be able to earn their fortunes without the availability of the owners’ capital.”
- Letter to the editor of the Financial Times, from Mr Ian McEvatt, St Helier, Jersey.
The 86th Academy Awards winners were as follows:
‘Most impressive weight loss for a role’ Matthew McConaughey
‘Clue-is-in-the-title award for best plot spoiler alert’ 12 Years A Slave
‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Jon Corzine
also nominated: Jamie Dimon,
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