On the surface, the story of Nigel Farage’s bank account being closed may not seem like something that would generate national interest. However, it has dominated news headlines for several reasons. Last month, Farage posted a video on social media explaining that his account had been shut and he was having trouble finding another one. He believed that his political views were behind the decision. However, a later BBC story claimed that it was actually a lack of funds, not his beliefs, that led to the closure. The BBC and Coutts were later forced to admit that Farage’s political views had indeed been taken into consideration. This led to calls for a change in the rules around “de-banking” and raised the question of whether banks are mixing politics with business.
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