There was a fine expression of affront on a radio show the other day. Speaking, apparently, for several fellow customers, Ms Alexandra X of Cambridge was furious at Barclays Bank for stopping a debit payment and texting that it was protecting her: “I was shocked. Really ridiculous, stopping my payments to ‘keep my money safe’ — as if I’m not capable of keeping my own money safe! It’s upsetting, unacceptable that they can decide what you can purchase!”

She added that banks have no problem “letting people live beyond their means or gamble in a casino, and will literally pay you 0.1 per cent on savings”. Paternalism enraged her. But Santander joined Barclays the blocker days later, and others will follow.

Of course it wasn’t

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