Jowly Captain Mainwaring of UK politics Gordon Brown has said "Ooh, isn't it rotten that bankers have done bad things?"
Brown: Punish The Risky Bankers
Oh? And how will you do that?
Following the Government's massive £500bn bail out for the banks,
Whoa! Hang on a tick? Remember yesterday, when every single newspaper went with the news of a £50billion bailout? Where the fuck has the extra £450billion come from all of a sudden? Did they all forget an extra 0 on the end of the figures? Whoops, forgot about the extra £450billion, is that all right? It's not as if it makes any difference, is it?
the Prime Minister spoke of his anger at the way some in the City had behaved. "I am angry at irresponsible behaviour," he told GMTV.
Oh well, I bet the bankers are shitting themselves right now at that thunderous indignation from Tartan McBuckfast. If you do something bad... I'll... I'll... well I'll... I'll get angry! And then what will you do? You'll have to deal with me being angry about things! Ha ha! And then you will feel truly punished and very, very sorry about what you have done. Basically, Brown is employing the Naughty Step for city traders who have (quite legally, let's not forget, because a lack of regulation is what successive governments have believed to be the right thing) fucked up the savings, pensions and mortgages of everyone in the land.
"Our economy is built around people who work hard, who show effort, who take responsible decisions, and whether there is excessive and irresponsible risk-taking, that has got to be punished."
If only there was someone powerful enough to punish the irresponsible! We could give him a special job title, and he could live in a special house, and he could be in charge of things, like making laws and so on. Oh, but if only we could find such a person...
Besides, why punish people retrospectively for not having broken any laws? It's all very well wringing your hands about it now, but for years Brown and his mates dismissed any idea of regulating the markets as Jurassic leftie nonsense that had long since been disproved. So if he's going to start looking for anyone who's been 'irresponsible', it might be the people who were 'irresponsible' enough to allow the City to be as irresponsible as they liked without interference or punishment of any kind. Again, if only we could find the person who did that. He may have had a special job title, and lived in a special house in a special place, and once a year he may have tried to do stuff about the financial system... oh if only we could find the culprit and take him to task...