(Guardian) Barclays manages to win endorsement from the Archbishop of Canterbury

Posted by Kendall Harmon

...at a few minutes past 6am, Chris Aldridge obediently announced to a nation of banker-bashers that Jenkins reckons it will take "up to a decade to rebuild people's trust in his bank following the financial crisis and a succession of scandals".

That line had been pretty well aired in February when Jenkins smoothed: "I see becoming the 'go-to' bank as a five to 10-year journey," but no matter. It was repeated throughout the show's three hours as a constant reminder to listeners that – whatever Barclays' staggeringly broad sins of the past (mis-selling, rigging interest rates, violating sanctions) – it is now firmly on the side of the angels.

For those still too sleepy to grasp the show's theme of simultaneously serving God and Mammon, there was more to come. Somehow, Jenkins then managed to introduce an endorsement for his bank from the Lord himself – or at least one of his representatives on Earth, in the form of the show's star guest, Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury.

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