If you can subdue the sour vomitous gorge rising in your throat at the sheer audacious hypocrisy of it, watch Diamond appearing before a Commons select committee this week as MPs tumble over themselves to condemn fraud, corruption and greed in a desperate attempt to appear virtuous; the loudest parliamentary critics of Barclays, as Littlejohn points out in the Mail, are often the members themselves bent as a Geller spoon;
Expenses Bandit Ed Balls and his hatchet-faced wife pretended their house in London, where they spend most of their time and where their children go to school, was their ‘second home’. Former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling ‘flipped’ his address four times, not only to force taxpayers to meet the bulk of his household bills, but to avoid Capital Gains Tax when he sold up. And he was in charge of the Treasury at the time. These are the same people who presided over the deliberately lax regulation of the financial sector which encouraged rogue bankers to believe they could get away with blue murder.
Then, of course, there was the former Home Secretary, ‘Jackboots’ Jacqui Smith, who banked £100,000 falsely claiming that her sister’s spare bedroom in South London was her ‘main’ home. You might have thought she’d be keeping her head down in the circumstances. But Jackboots has been turning up on TV newspaper reviews condemning the bankers, just as Balls and Darling have been leading the charge against tax-avoiders.