The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating the low level of competition between banks in the UK. They released their provisional findings today, but backed away from any measures that would enable true competition. As we warned in our initial submission to the Commission, it’s an illusion to think that switching between four large and almost identical banks is true competition. We argued that there’s much greater chance of real competition if tech firms are allowed to compete with banks to provide current accounts to individuals and businesses. But the CMA’s recommendations do nothing to enable that.
A well-functioning monetary system is essential for a well-functioning economy and thereby, for the common good. The state is the agency responsible for the public interest. The responsibility for and control over the monetary system and money creation should therefore be placed with the state and not with private, profit-oriented enterprises. The logical alternative to money creation by private banks, therefore, is money creation by the state. In such a system it’s not only coins and paper money that are created by the state but also the non-cash money now created by private banks. Meaning electronic money is then created by the same agency now responsible for coins and paper money.