ONCE again we are subjected to news of even more bank closures and the repetitive feeble excuse that more people are choosing to bank online these days.

The reality is that many of those people don't actually want to, but have no choice, due to banks continuing to close branches, making it considerably inconvenient for some people to do anything else.

It's the same with paying some of our routine bills.

We're penalised on price if we pay at our local bank or post office, if this exists, instead of being manipulated down the route of paying electronically by direct debit.

In both cases many of us feel we are being pressured and bullied into this financial technology which is full of risk to the less competent user, especially with scams becoming more sophisticated.

All just to satisfy even bigger profits for those businesses.

They should just be honest and admit it's really about maximising profits, I'sure there must be lots of clever brains in those companies who could find a solution for those who are uncomfortable with the risk of using internet banking.

Perhaps there is a clever and creative lawyer out there looking to make a name for themselves, who could make a groundbreaking case for discrimination and bullying against those companies who force us down the route of internet banking?

Raymond Pattinson

Church Close