I'd defy anyone with a peck of concern for our nation to read Bounderby's brief piece in Speccy Coffeehouse and not feel the gorge rise in their throat. The junk-rated oil firm that Barclays are gambling £11.5bn of taxpayer-backed (no lose, no cost) funding is rated BB by Standard & Poors; the Barclays executive behind the deal is Hugh McGee, ex-Lehmans. It's a bit like putting the captain of the Titanic in command of the QEII. And the reason Barclays are gambling on such a risky, insecure deal is of course that the profits will be huge if it comes off. If not, you and I will pay.
Incidentally, the slogan below is only rivaled by one (for those who have kept livestock) I saw on the side of a rail maintenance van - "Jarvis - serving Britain's railways".