I Vote For Shooting Bankers 246

Not content with focusing public ire on those social spongers who have the temerity to be unemployed or disabled, government has scored a great populist coup, and caused great rejoicing in the land of the tabloids, by decreeing that it is quite acceptable to kill burglars with machine guns, rocket propelled grenade launchers, tactical nuclear weapons or any of the other items the British householder keeps by them for such an emergency.

But if a burglar were to strip my home of its entire contents, it would not reach a tenth in value of the money that is going to be taken from me in taxation by government for the rest of my life to fund the bank bailouts in which my cash was given to reckless and incompetent bankers to cover their gambling losses.

Not only have they taken all my money, the majority of the money I shall be paying to cover it for the rest of my life, will consist of interest to the bankers because the government borrowed at interest from the bankers the money it then gave gratis to the bankers to bail them out.

And, as doubtless you will have noticed, nothing changed. No reduction in massive salaries and bonuses, no split of casino from high street banking, no transaction tax to deter multiple speculative trades. A million more unemployed, but none of them investment bankers – they have however sacked over a hundred thousand mostly female staff from their high street branches, which were the only sensible and profitable bit of the operation. No bankers in jail, not even for LIBOR fraud. Quantitive Easing, or printed money, is given not for infrastructure projects to produce growth, but given to banks to improve their liquidity. They do not lend it on to companies but pay it to themselves, as bonuses.

Forget burglars. Shoot a banker.

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246 thoughts on “I Vote For Shooting Bankers

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  • Katz

    Sorry Celtic fringe dwellers.

    You’re special too.

    In fact, to all 500m Europeans, you’re all special.

    And Zimbabweans — Euro users. At least some of that democratic patina has to rub off. Good luck with that.

  • Malted Milk

    ‘Is making lists of potential “suspects” like that not defamatory and running the risk of a libel action?’

    What about the FBIs list of 2,000 names of publicly known British paedophiles that was handed over to the British government? It included serving MPs, judges, police officers, actors, and singers. I doubt whether the fact only half a dozen prosecutions were carried out (much to the dismay of the FBI) had anything to do with ‘defamation’ and more to do with corruption at the very highest levels.

    Jimmy saViles name is now being openly linked with the Channel Islands Peado ring that has led to the murder of many children. It does not get any more serious than this.

  • KingofWelshNoir

    Yeah, there are an awful lot of inquiries going on these days, aren’t there? I often find it a bit incestuous when the BBC do a programme about themselves, but yesterday was surreal. Newsnight did an item on the recent failings of…er…Newsnight.

  • nuid

    “Jimmy saViles name is now being openly linked with the Channel Islands Peado ring that has led to the murder of many children. It does not get any more serious than this.”

    Yes, I’m aware of that. But is there any evidence that any of the list of people (above) are linked to that? I’m only concerned about the legal situation regarding this blog. Not concerned about the fate of those involved in the scandal of Haut de la Garenne!

    “Celtic fringe dwellers”? I like it.

    (Anyway, I should try and grab some more sleep.)

  • doug scorgie


    “Why is the BBC saying they’ll have their enquiry into Jimmy Savile’s abuses after the police enquiry is over? Why not in parallel?”

    The BBC is waiting for the outcome of the police investigation so that their own investigation can concentrate only on those aspects that the police have identified. That is; they will be able to continue the cover-up of any aspects that the police didn’t uncover.

  • Mary

    Arriva the bus company, an offshoot of Deutsche Bahn, take over the transport of non urgent patients to Manchester hospitals.


    My local general hospital outsourced the outpatient transport to G4S. It was a shambles.


    Dr Philip Lee MP whose constituency includes Broadmoor Hospital, was on Sky News just now. The hospital management gave a refurbished house in the grounds to Savile for his private use!! FFS. The MP was speaking in a room where a portrait of Hague with hair was on the wall in the background. Obviously Dr Lee is an admirer.

    Lee is a Conservative Friend of Israel and went to Israel in February 2011. He also clocks up a hundred quid or so an hour for his medical services. One of his employers is Medical Solutions Ltd a national outfit who provide medical triage by phone!


  • gary smith

    Dear malted milk

    What is this `public wealth` you speak of, do you mean the money government raises from taxation of private endeavour. try not to class all business as crony capitalist corporations, there are many self employed, small and medium sized businesses that do not benefit from contacts in the government. government produces no income stream it merely sucks it out of the pockets of the private sector. please name one example of public/govt. spending that is efficient. personally i think of businesses like this, small- vital, experimental, medium- maturing, experienced, plc`s-decrepit, beyond their prime. as for fascism, national socialism- socialist state ruled in nazi case from berlin, communism, group of previous nations ruled from moscow, or brussels take your pick, either way only a cigarette paper between them

  • nevermind

    Nuid, what would have happened to Europe without the Club of Rome’s declaration? I’m sorry Britain had to go to war so many times, wagging the tail, whilst the EU kept out of it. Falklands and Iraq spring to mind.

    I know some conflicts in the Balkans will always flare up again, but Europe has kept the peace, despite some of its members not being able to help themselves.

    But now it is full at it in Afghanistan and in the run up to a possible war with Syria and Iran. Giving it to Obama and Kissinger should have told us a long time ago that its just fluff.

  • Katz

    Gary Smith:

    please name one example of public/govt. spending that is efficient.

    Easy. Social peace.

    At the end of the century before last, Joseph Chamberlain campaigned for social security expenditure funded by the rich to placate the poor. He was quite frank. He called this payment a “ransom”.

    Ever since that ransom has grown larger and the possessing classes hava found no more efficient way to buy social peace.

    It’s an expensive product but there is no substitute.

  • Mark Golding - Children of Conflict

    “I’m not here to defend privilege, I’m here to spread it.” –

    He did!

    All over his mate’s “Top Tory of the Day” T-shirt after a binge on cut-price beer and a few lines of coke; much to the disgust of his buddy’s brother’s Muslim wife Rahala who was not impressed.

  • Sunflower

    [quote]Members of hacker collective Anonymous have stopped supporting Wikileaks after the site put up a paywall, saying that Wikileaks is more bothered about Julian Assange™ than getting information to the public.

    In a statement on Pastebin, linked through from Anonymous Twitter account AnonymousIRC, the group said Wikileaks had turned into the “one man Julian Assange show”.[/quote]


  • Uzbek in the UK

    Borrosso was awarded Nobel Peace prize this year. For meeting with bloody karimov, no doubt.

  • gary smith

    hello katz

    and to continue in the spirit of good humour you do realise that the nobel peace prize is given in irony!

  • Ben Franklin (Anti-intellectual Colonial American Savage version)

    I thank you as well, Mary. Although we Left-Coasters are on the fringe, there is a smattering of sentients throughout the continent.

  • Kim Gold

    One of the best speakers at Occupy St Pauls (apart from Craig), was Gordon Kerr of The Cobden Partners. This former investment banker blew the whistle on the whole banking industry.

  • John Goss

    Brian @ 1.30 p.m. I’m not sure that Tony Blair does not tick all the boxes in the link you posted on how to spot a sociopath. He is charismatic, highly intelligent, plausable, never apologises, defends himself to the end even when proved wrong. Whether he feigns love or not I don’t know. He has been praised for the Irish Peace Accord but I think it was because of the weapon that landed in the garden of 10 Downing Street that pushed him into that. He made friends with Gadaffi (who was supplying the IRA terrorists with Semtex) and stopped that supply. It was getting too close to TB himself, a man who does not mind how many people are killed in far away places.

  • Phil

    The BBC reporting about Savile highlights the emotive use of language in propaganda. From what I’ve heard they seem to be shying away from the word ‘children’.

    A BBC star abuses ‘underage girls’. I even heard ‘young women’ used. However, when the firemen threatened a one day strike, with cover in place and fighting for a better service, a BBC radio 5 presenter howled over and over and over “But what about the children?”.

  • Mary

    So what happens next?

    12 October 2012 Last updated at 19:15 Share this pageEmail Print Share this page

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    Royal Bank of Scotland’s proposed sale of 318 branches to Santander is understood to have collapsed.

    The Spanish bank pulled the plug on the deal, it is thought in large part because of problems over integrating the two banks’ IT systems.

    RBS has been working on the sale for more than two years.

    The disposal of the branches was ordered by the European Commission in return for UK government’s £45bn rescue of the bank.


    Was the collapse of the deal more to do with the liquidity of the Spanish bank??

  • Vronsky

    I used to think that I had a pretty dim view of our ruling class, but I’m getting a very uncomfortable feeling that not only are they worse than I thought, they are worse than I can imagine (coining a phrase there, prize if you can identify the original). My journeys around the web occasionally led me to the aangirfan site. Immediate back-button on the browser – everything there is fantasy about paedophelia in high places. I suppose it must happen, but it can’t be all of them all the time, explaining everything. Can it?

  • forthurst

    Craig Murray, you seem to have overlooked this story from Labour’s glorious years, when GB sold our gold in order to save the banksters, mainly US of genus Vampire Squid , from the consequences of their unsound wagers. About £20 Billion.


  • Malted Milk

    Gary Smith – yes, that’s how they conned you for decades – by making you believe that their problems were your problems, i.e. the problems of trans-national mega-corporations were the problems of the SMEs and the small share holder (both private citizens).

    They would claim that industry regulation, government ‘interference’, employees right and financial compliance were impediments to ‘growth’. They just wanted everyone to be rich.

    You then all started blindly accepting their fascist laws and the erosion of accountability, listening to their propaganda day after day, never seeking out any dissenting voices. When they had taken over completely they turned around and stabbed you in the back (to paraphrase one of them).

    Now all that’s left is a surveillance society, a population of morons, closed markets, no pensions and a debt that will never, ever be paid off without a multi-generational sacrifice of living standards.

    On top of this they wage war in Africa and Asia for profit and are slowly maneuvering their slave nations military fire-power into position to wage global warfare against Russia and China, all because they want to ‘expand business opportunities’.

    All this has been enabled because people are so self-absorbed with their own situation that they fail to ever stand back and just take it all in.

  • mary clyde

    The peasants are revolting.

    The best strategy for the peasants is not just to keep revolting, but to intensify their efforts.

    History has shown (Peasant’s Revolt; The Pilgrimage of Grace; etc.) that the word of the nobles is worthless. When the peasants took the nobles at their word that reasonable demands would be addressed & the revolt ebbed, reprisals by the nobles were severe in the extreme.

    So peasants: ROCK ON!

  • Komodo

    Mary : well spotted re RBS/Santander – about time that one fell apart. As the stated intention of the deal was to separate retail from investment banking, I couldn’t quite work out how selling the retail arm to a foreign megabank with no such ambition was going to help anyone. Santander has a very strong presence in S. America, though, and my guess is it will survive the shitstorm currently heading for Spain (on its way here).

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