Here’s a quote from Paul Fisher (Executive Director of the BoE and member of the MPC) broadcast on Sunday (in a programme called “What is Money?” in the Radio 4 series “Analysis”):
Paul Fisher (Bank of England): Yes we would mind. When you start printing money, you create value for yourself. If you could issue one thousand pounds worth of IOUs, you’ve got a thousand pounds for nothing. And so we do restrict people’s ability to create their own notes in that way.
Presenter: You’re protecting us against ourselves.
Fisher: We’re protecting you from charlatans.
So if someone can create money out of nothing, they get value for nothing? And are charlatans?
Does this only apply if you’re printing paper money, or does it also apply to the banks that have created over £2trillion of money out of nothing electronically?
Did they get £2trillion of value for nothing?
Something for us all (and especially the Bank of England) to ponder!
Listen to the original here (29 min; right towards the end)
Where’s the proof that banks do create money out of nothing?
But since there is this tendency in the media not to reveal the truth about money creation by giving the erroneous impression that it is central bank money that is our medium of exchange, here you can read a lot of quotes from the Bank of England confirming that banks do indeed create money out of nothing.