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May 2001 – New chairman Martin Ritchley (Chief Executive of Coventry BS) says this year’s event looks at ways to increase accountability to members. Our Comment – It is doubtful if they looked at it for very long as accountability is not a very popular subject with directors.

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May 2001 – Nationwide’s latest advertising campaign says it offers better savings rates not just today but always. Our Comment – Better than what is not made clear as other sources, including banks, offer better rates and Nationwide’s own rates are being cut along with all other societies.  It is doubtful if the Advertising Standards Authority…

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May 2001 – Some complaints about the previous board (all of the directors had to resign) of this troubled mutual society were that it was secretive, arrogant and treated members with contempt.  However, the new board of appointed members includes a Chelsea Building Society part-time director.  This does not bode well for change. The voting papers,…

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April 2001 – The board has rejected all of the pro-mutual resolutions put forward by Tim Tanner.  The directors have stated that the resolutions interfere with their ability to run the society.  On the contrary their action has in fact interfered with the rights of all members. This is probably the worst case of anti-mutual, anti-democracy…

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March 2001 – The voting papers are not only highly colourful and highly biased but this time the accompanying letter contains what is almost an instruction rather than a recommendation for members to vote in favour of the board’s wishes.  This is the society with the democratically elected Member of Parliament Gillian Shephard on the board. Our…

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February 2001 – The voting paper also carries a “sits vac.” advertisement for members who may wish to be considered for co-option to the board. Our Comment – At first sight this gives an appearance of a slight inclination towards it becoming a mutual society.  Unfortunately the voting paper also has the “hidden” tick box in…

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February 2001 – Portman directors have rejected the pro-mutual, pro-democracy, pro-accountability resolutions put forward by Mutual Members.  They say there were not enough valid forms. Our Comment – Portman directors’ definition of “valid” will no doubt be highly invalid and highly anti-mutual.  Please follow Tim Tanner’s instructions atwww.mutualmembers.com and find out if yours was one of the…

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The Observer February 4th 2001 – Andrew Bibby reports on the circumstances surrounding Norwich & Peterborough’s rather sad attempt to be “democratic” in its approach to recruiting directors.  The chief executive Matthew Bullock stated “Member-nominated candidates do not necessarily increase accountability.  It’s a romantic notion.  Who do they represent”? Our Comment – The directors do not like the idea…

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January 2001 – From the “Moneyfacts” league table for TESSAs – top performer is Earl Shilton Building Society, bottom is Manchester Building Society.  Nationwide Building Society, the UK’s  largest building society, is a sad 44th out of 89.

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January 2001 – Ballot papers for the Consumer Association council have recently been sent out.  The format is exactly what we would like so-called “mutual” societies to adopt.  Names of candidates are arranged with no indication as to whether they are existing council members or not and no special highlighting of “preferred” candidates. Our Comment –…

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