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David Birch: Subversive Dynamics in the Payments World

I met David Birch yesterday, or Dave to his friends, guru of all things to do with mobile and card payments.  Lovely chap.

What I did not realise is that he’s also seriously subversive and in danger of being exposed to the Government’s new 42-day detention criteria for being a dodgy chappie.

What do I mean?  What has he done?  Is Dave an urban guerrilla, terrorist or Jehovah’s Witness?

No.  He’s just a little bit like me and posted an interview with Sir Bonar Neville-Kingdom on his blog.

However, Sir Bonar’s extreme views on the podcast  were not endorsed by the Government, Gordon Brown or any other Whitehall correspondents.  It has been viewed as being out of order by all civil servants and by many of the networking powers that be, as can be seen by this entry on Boing Boing.

The result is that Government officials are now interviewing Dave in a locked room in Scotland Yard in their efforts to track down Sir Bonar, who has gone into hiding.

Our thoughts are with you Dave.

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Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here…

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  • I was ok with the pompos ass until he came out with the Scottish pensioner example! The pomposity then went into hyperdrive and off the scale. We all owe Dave a pint in celebration of his restraint, and perfection of the stiff upper lip!
    PS.. Chris … Can we bail him out with a chip card – do they take Oyster at Paddington??

  • I was ok with the pompos ass until he came out with the Scottish pensioner example! The pomposity then went into hyperdrive and off the scale. We all owe Dave a pint in celebration of his restraint, and perfection of the stiff upper lip!
    PS.. Chris … Can we bail him out with a chip card – do they take Oyster at Paddington??

  • I was ok with the pompos ass until he came out with the Scottish pensioner example! The pomposity then went into hyperdrive and off the scale. We all owe Dave a pint in celebration of his restraint, and perfection of the stiff upper lip!
    PS.. Chris … Can we bail him out with a chip card – do they take Oyster at Paddington??

  • I agree Colin. Scottish pensioner’s should all be given free Whisky and made to wear purple kilts.
    Meantime, updating Dave’s progress. Apparently, they will only take bail in original, pre-Weimar Republic, Deutsche Mark notes. Does anyone have any?

  • I agree Colin. Scottish pensioner’s should all be given free Whisky and made to wear purple kilts.
    Meantime, updating Dave’s progress. Apparently, they will only take bail in original, pre-Weimar Republic, Deutsche Mark notes. Does anyone have any?

  • I agree Colin. Scottish pensioner’s should all be given free Whisky and made to wear purple kilts.
    Meantime, updating Dave’s progress. Apparently, they will only take bail in original, pre-Weimar Republic, Deutsche Mark notes. Does anyone have any?