Barclays says that a "technical breakdown" in the UK's clearing system forced it to borrow £1.6bn from the Bank of England.
It is the second time this month that the bank has tapped into the central bank's emergency credit line, sparking fears it is facing a cash crisis. (source: BBC 31st August 2007)
Does this matter to you and me? well I think that it does, because if the economy isn't sound, then there just won't be the resources available for the NHS (or other vital parts of the public sector - education, roads, police,etc)Perhaps Mr Brown isn't quite as clever as he thinks he is.