[Re: Banking competition is already fierce – but technology will intensify it further, Thursday]
Competition is hardly “fierce” in British banking. America has 7,000 banks: we have five, controlling four-fifths of the market. Even supermarket banks use their systems. Splitting them, and the introduction of new technology, will help. But regulation remains a fixed cost that kills market entry: Metro Bank is the first new high street banking network to be created since Georgian times. We will never have real competition until our banks are no longer too big to fail.
Dr Eamonn Butler, director, Adam Smith Institute
[Re: Assembly hits out at Davies for keeping Heathrow on the table, Thursday]
While we cannot agree with the London Assembly that Heathrow expansion should be ruled out by the Airports Commission, we certainly agree that London could use a noise regulator. It is vital that airport expansion goes ahead as soon as possible after 50 years of political dithering in the UK. But we can move the whole process forward right now by addressing a basic lack of trust and transparency between those pressing the economic case for airport expansion, and some highly vocal sections within local communities.
Baroness Jo Valentine, chief executive, London First
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