Launch of Crash Bank Wallop: the memoirs of the HBOS whistleblower held at Initiatives of Change centre in London
Halifax Bank of Scotland whistleblower Paul Moore launched his new book Crash Bank Wallop in front of a packed audience at the London centre of Initiatives of Change on 6 November. The book tells the shocking story of what happened behind the scenes at one of the UK’s biggest banks in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.
Mike Smith, Head of Business Programmes for Initiatives of Change UK, introduced Moore whom he had first met four years ago. ‘Paul’s book is the story of a true hero,’ Smith said. ‘He is valiant for truth. The book is sensational, a revelation, an eye-opener. Paul brings to it a barrister’s forensic analysis and attention to detail. Yet it’s a very pacey read. I hope you’ll buy it in bucket loads.’ Smith referred to the Roman Catholic faith of Moore and his wife, Maureen, which had sustained them.
Co-author and journalist Mike Haworth spoke about how the book came to be written. He read a selection of reviews from influential figures including Paul Mason, the Economics Editor of Channel 4 News, and Michael Woodford, former CEO and whistleblower of Olympus Corporation, who was present at the book launch.
He revealed details of his on-going battle for truth and justice through The New Wilberforce Movement, a grass-roots initiative to restore trust, ethics and integrity in society.
After the presentation Mr Moore and Mr Haworth signed copies of the book, which can be purchased in hardback and paperback by visiting www.crashbankwallop.co.uk
A story in the Daily Express relating to the launch can be read at http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/617516/Banking-crash-economy
John Ellis, a former economist at the Bank of England and now the lay moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church in the UK, wrote a blog of his reflections on the URC’s website, following the book’s launch.
Photos by Louise Higham