Monday, December 7, 2009

I say neighbour are you a Banker?

Darling challenges bankers: Can you look neighbours in the eye?

“You have to pass the next-door neighbour test,” Mr Darling told an audience of some of Britain’s most highly paid bankers, including Bob Diamond, president of Barclays, and Richard Gnodde, co-head of Goldman Sachs in London. “You have to be able to look at your next-door neighbour and justify what you are doing.” Trouble is that their neighbours are probably bankers too - so the test is passed!

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23 thoughts on “I say neighbour are you a Banker?

  • “Next-door neighbours? There are several hectares of my property between us and them”.

    “Next-door neighbours? Which of my houses are we talking about?

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  • Darling’s stupidity or convenient oversights never fail him.

    Mr Gates, how can you live with the thought of questionable neighbours?

    Easy, I sent the rabble packing before I moved into the now “Hasta La Vista”

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  • just another example of credit contraction…. which ends with?? Answers on a postcard.

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  • Carbon Taxation and higher living expenses!

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  • Interesting intro however, I feel that it could be said a different way “You have to pass the next-door neighbour test,Bob Diamond, president of Barclays told an audience of some of Britain’s most highly paid and corrupt MP’s and civil servants “You have to be able to look at your next-door neighbour and justify what you are doing.” Trouble is that their neighbours are probably on the gravy train as well – so the test is passed!

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  • Real solution, if it were that important to the worlds survival, BUY CAVES & EXTEND. Bin Laden saw it coming!

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  • cat and canary says:

    Well, i’ve heard it all when the chancellor is trying to appeal to senior banker’s consciences

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  • charlie brooker says:

    I was listening to a conversation in the barbers the other day. Two men were complaining how much of a police state we live in with speed cameras, reading your emails, phone taps, CCTV and eve CRB checks before you can even look at a child from 50 paces.

    It seems the government felt no compunction whatsoever in deciding to intrude in our lives on the basis that you (yes, you) might be a terrorist or a child molester – yet somehow it was entirely happy to turn a blind eye to what the bankers were doing – because they of course were entirely trustworthy and above board in everything they did whereas you most definitely were not. You had to put up with menacing interference in your life but all the bankers had to deal with was ‘light touch’ regulation – and look at the consequences (and now the locusts even have the temerity to threaten to leave for Switzerland).

    Where in the financial markets are the equivalents of speed cameras, email taps, phone taps, CCTV and CRB checks – the sort of choking overbearing monitoring of your behaviour that’s made life so unpalatable for the vast majority of ordinary law-abiding people in the UK?

    Bankers – paedophiles to the world economy.

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  • cat and canary says:

    yeah charlie, and canary wharf has stepped up security over the past year! There are swathes of security guards on the look-out for criminals and there’s CCTV everywhere! They dont seem to be arresting anyone, must be looking in the wrong places!!

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  • cat and canary says:

    DARLING: “You have to be able to look at your next-door neighbour and justify what you are doing”
    BANKER: …(thinks for a second)….
    BANKER: “nah, i’ll take the £10M bonus ta”

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  • charlie brooker says:

    Over the last decade the govt has annoyed the nation raising pathetic amounts of tax revenue for the often harmless and largely unintentional crime of speeding.

    It now has the temerity to expect the tax payer to pay gargantuan sums of tax to pay for someone else’s crimes (guess who).

    Its because the government has been viewing the wrong people with suspicion over the last ten years, the UK is in terrible financial jeopardy.

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  • 7. charlie

    You too can be promoted to these heady heights within the Darling Corporation, but you must kerb your non PC language which is a bad influence on the rest of the toilet graffiti removers.

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  • charlie brooker says:

    @8 when I referred to CCTV cameras in the context of the financial markets I meant methods of detecting and preventing excessive financial risk taking – a point that seems to have been wilfully lost on you.

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  • charlie brooker says:

    @11 – coherence never was your strong point.

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  • 10. charlie brooker

    Did you not know that human error and breathing is now a crime? Sleeping always has been.

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  • charlie brooker says:

    @14 No they aren’t, but theft most certainly is.

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  • 13. charlie

    Coherence or Adherence? Comprehension is a wonderful thing once you get there.

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  • @14 No they aren’t? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • I’m bored said the Bishop to the actress. : )

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  • Can Darling look his next-door neighbour in the eye?

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  • 19. I’ve just received the pole! 96.5% of the population said MAYBE. 0.5%, The Bankers, said YES and the HPCers didn’t matter due to minority opinions.

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  • 21. mr g.. It’s good to know some have their finger on the musical pulse. If only the worshipping Bono got the irony. I don’t expect Gore to point it out to him though.

    Gosh, were getting so political these days. All above is in IMHO.

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