Sunday, January 28, 2007

Support Barclays, support Mugabe

I don't know why I always thought Barclays were a despicable bunch of nerks. I didn't know of their support for the apartheid regime in South Africa back in the day - had I, then today's revelation that they, along with Standard Chartered Bank and Old Mutual, continue to do business in Zimbabwe and provide loans to the regime, the most controversial of which is £30m for the land seizure that sparked the disintegration of Zimbabwean society. Spokespeople can bleat about how 'this is part of doing business in Zimbabwe', but it doesn't wash. Nobody is forcing these companies to deal with a thoroughly hateful regime.

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