Today David Cameron referred to Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt” nations. I presume coming from him it was meant as a compliment.
This is Cameron’s fantastically corrupt behaviour over the industrial scale consumer debt fraud by HSBC detailed on these pages and being investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
In 2010, when he made the Chair of HSBC Holdings, Stephen Green a Lord and Trade Minister, he had an Office of Fair Trading order against the bank covered up. It would have been too embarrassing.
In 2014 he unlawfully arranged for the appointment of Rona Fairhead, an HSBC director to the Chair of the Trustees of the BBC. Since then the BBC has not reported any negative stories about HSBC (apart from a Panorama programme on Swiss Leaks, which will have been in preparation before Fairhead started). At the time of her appointment Sir Jonathan Evans. ex head of MI5 and an HSBC director was quietly made a Lord, without publicity. What other country would appoint a director of one of the world’s most criminal banks to head its state broadcaster?
In 2015 he met with the Sunday Times editor Camilla Cavendish at Chequers. The Sunday Times were about to publish a damaging story about his connections with the HSBC fraud prior to the General Election. The story was dumped and 2 months later Cavendish started work in the Policy Unit at No 10 Downing Street.
In 2015 Lord Janvrin, Deputy Chairman of HSBC Private Bank plc was appointed to the Lords Intelligence and Security Committee, responsible for overseeing the work of MI5/6, GCHQ and Ministry of Defence.
In 2016 prior to his attending Brussels to renegotiate Britain’s terms of membership of the EU, HSBC announced that if Britain left the EU they would relocate their investment banking to Paris. Cameron arranged to ring-fence the City of London financial sector from EU regulation.
Cameron’s government signed an agreement with the Swiss not to use data stolen from HSBC by whistleblower Herve Falciani in order to prosecute tax evaders.
This is my opinion – Martin Wheatley of the FCA was sacked by Cameron’s government because the FCA collusion over the HSBC fraud dangerously exposed Cameron’s involvement. Various news sources stated that he was sacked because he was too tough, or too soft on the banks. Nobody seemed to know.
Added to all this George Osborne’s budget favours to HSBC, reducing the bank levy, relaxing the proposed legislation to hold Senior Executives of banks liable to wrongdoing and the FCA abandoning their investigation into the Swiss Leaks affair and their report into banking culture, I don’t think Cameron’s government is in any position to criticise any other nation’s appetite for corruption. Of course, in the UK, according to Mark Carney, this is all “ethical drift”, not corruption.