Notable profit for banks
Published 08/10/2008 | 09:11
I have every sympathy with Joanne McAuley in trying to convince English shopkeepers that bank notes issued by Northern Ireland banks are legal tender. I'm sure it has happened to most of us from time to time.
The real answer is not to blame the shopkeepers and assistants for their confusion but to blame the banks for not adopting the Bank of England notes as the common currency in Northern Ireland as in the rest of the United Kingdom.
Why on earth do we, in this small province with a population of less than 1.7 million, have to have separate bank notes for every bank other than to create additional revenue for them?