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Was RBS really 'willfully obtuse' about small business lending?

Was RBS really 'willfully obtuse' about small business lending?

By Emma Haslett Wednesday, 23 July 2014

There's been much back-and-forthing between Treasury Select Committee chair Andrew Tyrie and RBS about whether its distressed small business loans division makes too much profit. Now Tyrie has accused it of being 'willfully obtuse'.

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The MT Interview

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