When it all gets real close and personal.
I have been a great fan of the BBC’s business editor, Robert Peston, and read his Blog as often as I can. Recently, the focus has been on Ireland.
A few days ago, before the announcement by the Irish premier and finance minister as to their vision for the future of Ireland’s banks, Robert penned a post that started as follows:
The unbelievable truth about Ireland and its banks
Ireland’s central bank and new government will confirm on Thursday that the hole in the country’s banks is even wider, deeper and darker than seemed to be the case last November, when those bust banks forced the country to go with a begging bowl to the eurozone’s rescue funds and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for 67.5bn euros (£59bn) of rescue loans.
That article then led me to Paul Mason, BBC Newsnight’s economics editor, who also writes a Blog. He wrote on the 30th March,
A short summary of the Euro snafu that’s about to happen:
1) Tomorrow Ireland publishes the results of bank stress tests. It has to find – or the EU has to find – another E18-25bn to shore up its failing banks.
Again, while the article is interesting, the whole point of this Post was one comment made to that Paul Mason piece. Here it is,
At 00:47am on 31st Mar 2011, tawse57 wrote:
I am bored with all these posts about the economy now. Can we go back to cheese and crackers and the mysterious case of Paul Mason’s mobo contacts?
I was just talking with a 35 year old young man who is married and has a young child.
His wife, quite rightly, does not wish to move away from the place where she was born and brought up – Cornwall.
But he tells me that, despite almost saving £100,000 by putting in every hour they could in working and saving, that they stand no chance of ever owning their own home.
He says the house that he rents have asking prices of about £450,000 despite most of them just sitting on the market for years because no one, no one local anyhow, can afford them. What does sell goes to rich Londoners.
He is destined to pay out most of his wages in private landlord rents. He can’t get into a Council house or a Housing Association property because they either no longer exist or the waiting lists are measured in decades.
He is not prepared to have such a millstone of stress, worry and financial drain around his neck. It would kill him. I don’t blame him.
His story is one of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people in the UK today.
I mention this as the bank stress tests are directly connected with the massive credit bubble, much of it a housing bubble of liar loans, that brought the global economy to its knees, bankrupted banks and still threatens to bankrupt nations.
All of us on here know this. We are an enlightened bunch.
But I think it is worth remembering that the affects of the global credit binge are still directly affecting so many in this country.
The UK is almost alone in the World in not yet seeing a massive housing crash. The Government and the Bank of England have gone out of their way stop it happening in order to protect the banks who so stupidly, but also so greedily, loaned so many liar loans on bricks and mortar not in other countries but here in the UK.
Those UK banks that keep threatening to leave our shores are up to their eyeballs in global liar loans. You name a country in trouble and you can bet your bottom dollar, which might be the only thing most of us have left soon, that British banks are at the heart of it all.
It is long overdue that this giant house of cards came crashing down. It is long over-due that, as a Society, we cut out the cancer of dirty banks and dirty bankers from our lives and from these shores.
They are leeches on the souls of Men. Gosh, I am getting poetic in my anger. It must be that teaspoon of Jack Daniels I put in my midnight cocoa.
So what if the banks fail their stress tests today, next week or next year. It won’t make a squat of difference to that couple in Cornwall. It won’t make a squat of difference to most of us.
The worst thing that can happen is, as Alistair Darling so panicked, that the ATM machines run empty. Well, what would happen then? Would the sky fall in? Would us polite British all sit at home and do nothing.
Or would we take our cue from the Egyptians, the Tunisians and all the rest?
Perhaps what this country needs most of all is for another even bigger banking crisis? If it happens I think I would feel safer being one of the masses instead of one of the banking elite.
I do hope the banks fail the stress tests. I do hope it brings about another crisis. I do hope that, this time, the People say enough is enough and that this rotting cancer within Humanity is lanced with a fiery lancie thingy.
I could murder a bit of cheese on a nice cracker now.
Whoever you are tawse57, I like your style. Very powerful words.
“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
~Thomas Jefferson (third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809)