Granite is doing just nicely: shame about Northern Rock

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As the Guardian has noted:

Alistair Darling, criticised for nationalising the bank, insisted yesterday that the government had little option but to agree to swap £3bn of taxpayer loans for equity to bolster the lender's balance sheet. Many other banks - notably Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and HBOS - have needed similar injections of funds from shareholders as the credit crunch has eaten into their businesses.

Darling said: "It [Northern Rock] needs more shareholder capital; it does not have shareholders so it has to come from us." Its crucial core tier one ratio, used to measure financial strength, is just 2.9%, compared with the 6% or so reported by rivals.

Three things:

a) This is true

b) That's what happens when you nationalise things: you pick up the tab for the losses

c) Some of us were saying those losses were inevitable way before nationalisation occurred.

One other thing: the Granite bond holders continue to sing all the way to the bank. That's the real problem: they're not carrying the can.