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Channel 4 News' Economics Editor Went On A Rant At Banks And People Absolutely Loved It

"I'm actually just sick of that corner. That corner over there, where RBS HQ is. I’m just sick of it – after six years, why do we keep having to come and do it?"

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On Wednesday, Channel 4 News economics editor Paul Mason went on a rant after six banks were fined £2.6 billion following attempts by traders to manipulate foreign exchange rates.

View this video on YouTube

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It's well worth a watch.

In the two-minute clip, an exasperated Mason declares: "I'm actually just sick of that corner. That corner over there. where RBS [Royal Bank of Scotland] HQ is. I’m just sick of it – after six years, why do we keep having to come and do it?"

He adds:

Well, I'm here again at RBS because yet again they've done something wrong, but they're not the only ones.

There's five UK banks whose foreign exchange traders ripped off their own clients.

If the banks had the same scrutiny over the traders and their own managers as they have over the camera crew standing outside it, where you get a security guard asking you what you're doing, we might not be in this situation.

Mason questions how the managers who ran the banks from 2008 until 2012/13 managed to escape with their reputations unscathed.

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He says: "We really deserve a better banking system, because everybody on this street who doesn’t work in it is also reliant on it."

Mason concludes:

All we ask, all we can ask, is that the regulators do their job proactively. That they actually get on the case – just like the security guards outside here, and the CCTV cameras there, and the City of London police – they get on the case and stop wrongdoing. What's so hard about it?

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The clip has gone down very well:

.@paulmasonnews spitting the word 'bank' like a curse there. Great stuff.

Paul Thompson@pauldthompsonFollow

.@paulmasonnews spitting the word 'bank' like a curse there. Great stuff.

9:25 AM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

.@paulmasonnews once did a phoner for my show about his love of Northern Soul while covering unrest in Athens. The coolest. ✊✊✊❤️❤️❤️

Lauren Laverne@laurenlaverneFollow

.@paulmasonnews once did a phoner for my show about his love of Northern Soul while covering unrest in Athens. The coolest.

10:48 PM - 12 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

If you need any more proof on the greatness of Paul Mason please check out that last RT.

John Ashworth@jashw0rthFollow

If you need any more proof on the greatness of Paul Mason please check out that last RT.

9:35 AM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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@paulmasonnews your reaction to the forex scandal is spot on. It seems like its one rule for the banks and another for everyone else!

Amrit Saroya`@amritsFollow

@paulmasonnews your reaction to the forex scandal is spot on. It seems like its one rule for the banks and another for everyone else!

9:32 AM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@paulmasonnews the 'angry' video should have gone straight out on the news. Unedited. Best bit of reporting for a long time.

John's Long Walk@Long_StraightFollow

@paulmasonnews the 'angry' video should have gone straight out on the news. Unedited. Best bit of reporting for a long time.

9:26 AM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite