Anthony Hilton misses lesson from Spain


Anthony Hilton writes a column called “City Comment” on the Evening Standard. He is usually entertaining when he debunks the news on banks and insurers in London.

Being from a country whose banking system is in chaos this statement in his article this week borders the ridicule:

When you look across the world at how different countries with different regulatory structures have coped with the current financial crisis, there is no model that seems consistently to have performed better than any other.

How about looking at one country that is not dilapidating public money into its banks? I would suggest looking at Spain. The only reason why the banks Abbey, Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley are not rescued with tax payers money like all the other big and medium-sized banks in the UK is that they were bought by a Spanish bank, Santander. And the Santander could spare the cash because it is subject to a regulatory system that remains unrivalled to this date.

Even the Financial Times, never a suspect of acknowledging any economical success south of the Pyrenees and the Alps, praised the efficiency and discipline of the Spanish regulatory system back in October 2008.

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