English Central Bank "Eased" Diamond Out

Tyler Durden's picture

Anyone wondering if the reason why Diamond resigned less than 6 hours ago is because he suddenly grew a conscience, will be disappointed. The real reasons are two: on one hand politicians were concerned he would make it public where all the bodies were buried as reported last night, in the process taking down at least half the English political establishment, obviating his departure from the public eye immediately, and, more importantly, as BBC's Robert Peston reports, the English Fed, that "impartial" and "apolitical" institution known as the Bank of England, got involved. From Peston: "I have learned that Bob Diamond's departure was encouraged by the Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King, and the chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), Lord Turner."

From BBC:

What persuaded Mr Diamond and his board colleagues that he should resign was an unambiguous message to the bank from Sir Mervyn and Lord Turner that they would be happy of he resigned.

They were unable to force him out, because the recent FSA investigation into how Barclays attempted to rig the important Libor interest rates did not find him personally culpable.


However, as a regulated institution, it was impossible for Barclays' board to ignore the revealed wishes of the two most powerful regulators in the City.


"This is a case of the governor getting his way by the inflexion of his eyebrows," said a source.


"It is how it used to happen and it is a good thing that it is happening again".


The message that the Bank of England governor wanted Bob Diamond to go was delivered personally to Barclays' chairman Marcus Agius in a telephone conversation between the two of them yesterday.

All this of course just in case it was still unclear who really calls the shots of what happens in the world...

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LULZBank's picture

Easing out the Turd Bitchezz!!!

Popo's picture

Oh please.  Easing him IN to a cushy position at the BoE in 6 months.

He's guilty hundreds of times over of directly overseeing a criminal operation that defrauded investors and taxpayers by billions of dollars.  

Handcuffs?   Jailtime?   A clawback of 10 years of salary + bonus?

No.  A pat on the back, and a 6 month vacation in the south of France before coming to work for the central bank.

This is theater.  Nothing more.  What's offensive is how obvious it all is.  You're still being ass raped.  

Where is "V" when you need him?

slaughterer's picture

Wot! The common man on the street needs a good perp walk.  You say we aren't going to get it?

beaker's picture

Move along, folks.  Nothing to see here.  Everything's fine. Move along.

Al Gorerhythm's picture

What The Fuck?

Out of the sand box?

That's it?

All good?

trebuchet's picture

 Lord Turner was asked if he had told Barclays "diamond must go", following the resignation of the chairman. 

"No" he replied, " I only told them they didnt seem to be grasping the seriousness of the situation they are faced and that their actions so far seem to be suggesting not enough is being done " 



Zero Govt's picture

So Lord Turners attitude to price rigging and theft is slappy on the wristies, "must do better chaps"

what a clueless, spineless, toad to head the FSA

trebuchet's picture

you actually hit the nail on the head.  With price discovery happing in the nanosecond HFT driven world, OF COURSE a single rate for the day LIBOR is a bullshit made up number. 

It was meant to be the next set of interest rates after Central bank base rate that "guided" the economy. 


Cept the people doing the guiding on behalf of the only people Allowed to manipulate the markets - namely central banks and regulatory authorities - decided to "innovate" with the "guidance" they were given nd rules of the game set by the market manipulators. So they got their wrists slapped by the powers that be. 


Diamond crossed the line by putting it about he knew where the skeletons are buried. He forgot that the people burying the skeletons als own the ground, the shovels and anything he had. 

No clearing bank can have a "bad relationship" with its central bank or regulator. So the bank was told to work out what choices it wanted to make.  Even bankers can add up two and two on matters like that. 



LMAOLORI's picture

Bank of England Allegedly Secretly Instructed Barclays To Manipulate Libor Interest Rates


Zola's picture

BarclaysGate !! Some real journalists need to earn their Pullitzer and uncover the trail that leads to Gordon Brown and Mervin King !! Perp Walks !! 

EscapeKey's picture

They are just the next ones in the cascading line of central bankers, who really control the world.

They clearly have to firewall this, so no doubt Mervyn King will soon leave his post. Good thing a GS banker is lined up to take his place, those GS bankers doing God's work and all.

spentCartridge's picture

Mad Merv, Bungle Brown, Tony 'psychopath' Blair & the strange case of the dissapearing 400 tons of BoE gold ...


Whos was it to sell?

Who bought it?

Where is it now?


What are they gonna use it for ...?

Al Gorerhythm's picture

There's investigative journalists. Matt Taibbi is the only one that comes to mind. I hope there's more.

Boilermaker's picture

So, he's NOT a pillar of the community and a good samaritan?

I had him down as a modern day Robin Hood.

What a huge disapointment.

LULZBank's picture

Robbin' Good, you wanted to say?

Boilermaker's picture

Rumor has it he's taken a leadership position at the firm of Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe.

Miss Expectations's picture

This from the Daily Mail


Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond finally succumbed to massive political and shareholder pressure today and resigned just days after the bank was fined for attempting to rig lending rates.

The American financier, 60, is in line to pocket 13.2million shares worth £22.9million - which he is entitled to because he has served for more than 15 years.

Barclays said Mr Diamond's severance package was 'still under discussion'. He could also receive a year's salary worth £1.35million and walk away with a fat pension as yet undisclosed.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2168069/Bob-Diamond-resigns-Barclays-chief-executive.html#ixzz1zYiJuEnp
Al Gorerhythm's picture

Hush Money. probably tax deductable as an outgoing. Bob's "outgoing" party at Max's place.

financial apocalyptic contagion's picture

its very simple

The Central bankers mean- "get the fuck out or we'll stop providing Barclays with it's monetary fix, your severance pay/stock options will collapse and we'll make sure no1 else on the street hires you ever again"

Diamond doesn't give a fuck abt shareholders n shit

evolutionx's picture

ECB "fear indicator" again over 800 billion



cherry picker's picture

Like a bunch of vampires scrambling to avoid the light of day

ak_khanna's picture

The loyalties of the elected politicians lie towards the individuals, corporations and unions who have helped them get elected and they do everything in their powers to provide them with maximum benefit. The desire to do something for the upliftment and benefit of the citizens of the country takes a lower priority. This creates a cycle of corruption whereby the rules and regulations laid down favor a small percentage of well connected individuals and entities.


Dr. Engali's picture

Diamond will just be replaced with another turd who is better at covering their tracks. Had Diamond not been careless it would be business as usual.

EscapeKey's picture

Can someone please explain how come these chief executives NEVER are to blame when it goes wrong, but are first in line to collect bonuses when a particular (fraudulent fixed income, in this case) division creates hefty profits?

Surely, if they collect the bonus, they are liable?

(yeah I know bankers are above the law)

LULZBank's picture

Have you ever worked in a multi national?

EscapeKey's picture

I've worked with S&P 500 companies, I've worked with startups, I've worked with public companies, I've worked with private companies. I've pretty much done the lot.

But never has it been more true but in a corporate environment that "success has many fathers failure is an orphan". But it doesn't answer the question why allegedly orphan failures still have many in line to pick up bonuses while incorrectly identified as successes.

Hedgetard55's picture

Sir King and Lord Turner. Funny the fancy titles these English criminals give each other. In the US we call them "Dons".

Vince Clortho's picture

Sir Scam and Lord Parasite.

Zero Govt's picture

the title 'Lord' is derigour for any bent croney apppointee by the British Govt

Lord Stern for example was given the task of pricing Carbon. In the most bent and crooked 'consultation' ever undertaken he proceeded to price all the costs of higher CO2 in the atmosphere, but none of the benefits (higher CO2 greens the planet makes plants grow faster, and so does increased temperature)

if you want to get as far from the truth as possible, pay M'Lord to write you a crock of shit 


Catullus's picture

It's time to throw the baby out with the bathwater -- LIBOR should not be used a benchmark rate for anything ever again.  It's not that it needs to be reformed.  It's simply not a credible measure for interest. 

If I were a real bank, I'd take any of my unsecured and secured credit lines that benchmarked off LIBOR and begin the process of wholesale refinancing each one of the loans with different terms.  This should usher in the utter irrelevence of London and the UK in terms of global finance.  You've lost credibility.  There's no amount of firings or investigations that are going to get it back.  You threw 300 years of banking trust into the trash.  There's little wonder why the buillion banks have left London.

Umh's picture

Are expecting innovation from a bank? Banks only pretend to innovate as a means of covering their frauds. They wouldn't actually talk a chance on something new.

trebuchet's picture

i think peepz doing this, rumour is Barcs is heammoraging clients

Quincy's picture

Easy people. Diamond is the fall guy to protect the regulators who were well aware of the fixing and actually encouraged it numerous cases. If I were him I'd be pissed too ...

Ted Baker's picture


LULZBank's picture

Shopping obviously. What has that got to do with anything else?!

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

for those who advocate more regs and laws a question..did not sarbox place the ceo responsible for such actions as these - have any of us seen any enforcement of this? no I thought not..

insanelysane's picture

Story this morning is the the LIEBOR collaborators "misunderstood" what BOE told them to do.  The British FED had their hands in the cookie jar and they made their Bankster buddies walk the plank.  That could never happen here in the good old USSA.  Banksters on notice?

EscapeKey's picture

That story was posted here on ZH yesterday, but it is a very curious defense, as the abuse stretches further back than when the "confusing" information was relayed.

insanelysane's picture

You are probably right as the original coverup was something like "the collaborators attempted to rig the rate but where they really successful."  It seems in the wake of that coverup collapsing we got the BOE told us to rig it.

Everybodys All American's picture

Shocking. Simply shocking. Lord this or that. I personally can't believe a limy er man of privilege would do such a dastardly deed.

LULZBank's picture

Wait till the true Statesman, Farage gets a whiff of this.

LULZBank's picture

Holding my breath for the downticks. You know that, we're a minority here.

Rock the Casbah's picture

Clown TV (CNBC) said that Liebor-gate wasn't really a scandal since there were no "victims".

EscapeKey's picture

Oh ok, so let's just yank up the yields on NBCUniversal's corporate debts, since APPERENTLY it's a victimless crime.

LULZBank's picture

There were no casualties, just collateral damage.

Vince Clortho's picture

It's OK to run a massive scam against the entire country as long as it does not target a single individual.