Mr Osborne has put a small increase on the bankers’ tax, the bankers have feigned displeasure and we have been told it is a victory for the taxpayer.
Well from where I’m standing I’m not seeing a victory. I don’t see all the tax payers who are about to be made redundant celebrating this victory. Nor am I seeing all the people who have to work part time getting out the bunting.
George said in his speech: “The anger at the terrible mistakes of the banking industry and the failure of those who regulated it will long remain, and rightly so.
“But let us as a country confront this hard truth - anger and retribution will not bring one percentage point of growth or create one job.
“The anger will remain and we must never make the same mistakes again, but Britain must move from retribution to recovery.”
In short, yes, OK, they were wrong, and yes, they wrecked the country’s economy and your lives, but it’s time to forgive and forget and let them get back to trousering vast amounts of dosh, while you sit at home in the cold.
George, listen up mate. Along with an incompetent Labour government and financial control authorities, and an opposition that was reluctant to criticise the banker’s ridiculous remuneration or the country’s personal debt that was getting totally out of hand, these people, these bankers, are to blame for the horrific mess we are in.
And yet, and yet.... Some of these fools are walking away with bonuses well over a million pounds... while we get the sack or have to go part time. The government has felt it necessary to cut the military, reduce their perks; cut welfare payments even for sick people so disabled they cannot leave the house without help, telling them we are all in this together. Everyone must make their contribution.
It seems to me that we have started to treat these people like we treat royalty. Although there is no visible difference between us and them, they are different. We’re not quite bowing and curtsying, but, just as it is inconceivable that Princess Mrs Parker Bowles should take the bus to do her shopping in Morrisons, it is inconceivable that these people should suffer or be made to pay for their mistakes, because they are bankers.
They threaten to leave the country, go to Bombay, Dubai, Hong Kong, New York, and we shiver at the prospect, and beg them to stay. This may have more to do with the fact that these self same bankers provide more than half the money that runs the Conservative Party than that the country would go to the dogs without them.
God knows we went to the dogs WITH them.
Then we have someone with just a little bit of guts.
Liberal Democrat Finance spokesman in the Lords, Matthew Oakenshott, spoke out against the deal accusing Osborne’s team of “arrogance and incompetence”. Of course he was sacked by Nick the Tory for his troubles. Danny Alexander who also seems to have become more Tory than the Tories, condemned him and said that this does not reflect the Liberal Democrats’ view.
I rather suspect, Danny, that it does.
Perhaps the most worrying thing for the coalition is that Matt Oakenshott is a close friend of Vince Cable, and is seen by many as his spokesman.... Ew er... What's next?
Pics: (1) Jedward? Nope, but close. It’s our own Dgeorge, whose careers seem to me to be following the same trajectory as the cheeky twins. (2) A set of lazy scroungers who probably refused to take a pay cut or work part time or indeed for nothing for a month. (3) That’s what happens to little boys who tell lies. My granny told me that, but until now I doubted her. Sorry Gran. (4) As they always trot out us owning 80% of RB SCOTLAND or 40% of Halifax SCOTLAND, I thought it might be appropriate to remind people that we own 100% of NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND-based Northern Rock. (5) Despite reports to the contrary Liberals are not extinct. This one has been found languishing on the red benches. Not only is he Liberal but he appears to be a vertebrate.