NIGEL Farage has been treated with “grotesque disrespect” by NatWest bank, according to former Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Mellor.
He told GB News: “She went, but she should have gone days ago. I mean look, this woman is paid £5 million a year. It’s quite a lot of money and when she is put to the test, she completely fails every test, first of all, by a lot of woke nonsense.
“Where she treats a customer with the grotesque disrespect, and it doesn’t matter, I happen to like Nigel Farage, it doesn’t matter if you don’t like Nigel Farage, it doesn’t matter.
“Really, what Nigel Farage has opinions on are – it’s not for the bank to decide whether to have him as a customer if his opinions don’t suit.”
In a discussion during Breakfast with Eamonn Holmes and Ellie Costello, he added: “This bank is 38% owned by you and me. So the whole thing is a nightmare but the indictment I’m sorry to say goes wider than this…
“I’m very fond of Howard Davies, we’ve had some good times in the past, but for Howard Davies, as the chairman of NatWest, not to tell her go – that’s what she should have done, but he tried to say, he and his board, that she could stay on.
“Howard, I’m sorry to say that shows minimal judgement and I don’t see why other members of the board including Howard should not go as well and we have a clean start.”
He added: “As for Coutts themselves, the chief executive of Coutts, Peter Flavel, he never saw Nigel. I mean, who the hell does he think he is?
“Nigel is good enough to meet with people like you and me and yet Mr Flavel, his bank manager, wasn’t prepared to see him.
“This is a scandalous story actually, because these banks get privileges and they get their privileges on the basis of the service they offer. If they don’t offer that service without fear or favour, what’s the point of them?”