I feel nauseous every time I hear the name "Bradford & Bingley". It is state-owned and it is, financially speaking, a stinking heap of toxic crap. It is not something that I can easily ignore since this mess now firmly belongs to UK taxpayers.
It has just announced a further £160 million of losses. Moreover, 40 percent of its mortgage book is now mired in negative equity. That is what you get when 60 percent of your loans were extended to buy-to-let and 20 per cent were self-certified loans.
However, I suspect that the B&B isn't something that can be safely filed away. It is not something that can be explained away as a past mistake. It As we move away from the terrifying events of September 2008, those commitments to tighten up banking sector supervision are being quietly watered down. Furthermore,We have yet to see a major overhaul of the FSA.
In short, five or ten years down the line, we could easily see another B&B turn up at the doorstep of her majesty's treasury, demanding a bailout.