While bankers may not top the poll as Britain’s most popular members of society, would we be bankrupt without them? With London’s status as the No 1 financial centre in the world uncertain there are warnings that the knock-on effect could cripple the UK economy. But is this just inflated opinion? One man who has more of a handle on these matters than most is campaigning financial journalist Simon Read. Simon is currently on a round Britain tour filming monet stories for the BBC, but joined Tim after a two-day stint in Halifax to outline just how important financial services are to Britain’s present and future. Agree or disagree with Simon’s views, we’d love to hear your feedback. You can follow Simon Read on Twitter here.