12 February 2016

Casino flashmobs and ad spoofs: Barclays proves rich pickings for satirists

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Real-world and online wags have been making the most of the Barclays Libor scandal and Bob Diamond's subsequent resignation this week, with a raft of satirical swipes at the disgraced bank doing the rounds.

With the Serious Fraud Office confirming today that it has formally launched a criminal investigation into the rigging of inter-bank lending rates, Tweeter @londonette snapped 'protesters' dressed as croupiers setting up a fake casino in a Camden branch:

All was not as it seemed though, with @londonette finding, upon further investigation, that the group were actually filming for a candid camera-style TV show, not carrying out a real flashmob as was the case on Wednesday when the 'move your money UK' group did target a branch in Victoria Street.

Earlier in the week a photo of a Barclays advert at a bus stop drew titters in the Twittersphere:

Alas, it proved a fake.

Political blogger Tom Pride has succeeded in mashing the Barclays scandal with the week's other big news; the Higgs boson discovery.

Pride writes: "Cern scientists reporting from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have claimed the discovery of a new so-called ethics particle consistent with evidence that tiny sub-atomic traces of honesty could theoretically exist in traders at Barclays Bank - albeit in miniscule amounts."

Meanwhile, comedian and journalist Michael Spicer has set his sights on the bank's glossy, Stephen Merchant-voiced TV ads, replacing the Office co-creator's script with his own, profanity-laden, Libor-related version:

Finally, an unknown comedian has gone for a more low-tech, and even blunter, assault, adding some creative graffiti to Barclays-sponsored 'Boris bikes' in London:

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