The Scum at Barclays, it seems, are only the tip of the iceberg. We've long known that rampant and rapacious greed linked to a stratospheric bonus system and deliberately weak controls from senior bank managers that allowed them to swill in the same trough whilst maintaining a mendacious deniability has corrupted the banking system utterly. Corrupting a major financial indicator for private gain by not only Barclays, but, as the WSJ reports, Citigroup, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase, RBS and Lloyds, was just symbolic of the rapacious despoilation, the moral degradation, the avaricious abuse of trust exhibited by the banking sector. Now the scum are running scared, like a nest of rats unearthed by lifting a tin sheet, squealing and squeaking and offering industrial shed-loads of money to US and UK regulators to avoid criminal prosecution. But they cannot be let off the hook this time.
We have been forced to recapitalise the banks, mortgaging future generations and impoverishing the Kingdom, to pay for the bankers' greed and folly. Ordinary lives have been ruined, industry grievously wounded, the nation's trade, it's very life-blood, draining from severed vessels as these gilded popinjays, these pampered jades, these foul and corrupt excrescences continue to lie, steal, distort, manipulate and cheat to maintain their pillage of the national wealth. Though the temptation is to march on Docklands with a coil of hempen rope and decorate the lamp columns of Canada Square with this noxious fruit, we must leave it to the courts and the criminal justice system to exact retribution. For retribution there must be.
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