The Mortgage Mole

DIGGING THE DIRT IN THE MORTGAGE WORLD

EXTRA SINGING It likes to portray itself as the bank that gives you extra but this time, Halifax needn’t have bothered.

After years of using singing staff members in its advertisements, Halifax has now changed its advertising agency.

Mole was hoping that the £25m contract may have produced some revolutionary ideas to change the image of the bank. But details leaked onto the internet last week show more staff singing in choirs around the country.

After years of suffering Howard and smiling fake radio presenters singing cheesy songs, Mole is dismayed.

Hopes that this tradition would end have been dashed and Mole is now resigned to more years of inane jingles.

Since the bank is partly state-owned, surely the government could step in to end this torture.

SECURITY SCARE Ace features writer Samuel Dale was invited to United Trust Bank last week to lunch in its spectacular offices overlooking London.

But as the offices are above the New Zealand embassy, when the curtains were opened slightly, security staff from the embassy were dispatched to restrict any possible view into the embassy.

“I didn’t know whether to feel safer or more scared,” a confused Dale told Mole.

CHILLED Last week Mole revealed that John Charcol’s Ray Boulger had lost his dinner jacket at the Mortgage Strategy awards but he has since recovered it.

However, mystery surrounds another jacket left at the Grosvenor Hotel, whose owner has been untraceable. He must have had a pretty thick beer jacket on as he strolled into the freezing night.