Has it escaped everyone's attention in this little skirmish that banks are not political parties? They are blameless of our vote?
Banks have thrived under all colours of freely elected governments. My bank managed to pay me a reasonable interest under all the mixtures of government that we've had in the UK since the 50s, not that I had more than a token bank book at the time, you understand; but once I began to work, got married etc. and the life-struggle began, we did manage to make deposits and gather some interest, however tiny it was because of the relatively tiny capital concerned. Now, I don't even care if the wretched banks send a statement: I know as well as they do what's left, and I know just as well that there's bugger-all happening to stem the outward flow. A pension and a little bank interest was just enough to maintain a reasonable standard of living; take away either factor and it's simply a matter of time.
So, I blame the banks for their part, I blame the governments, and especially the left ones, for being too weak to face down the massive public services that drain the country dry. I do believe in a National Health system; I do believe in a State Pension and I think these principal features could all be maintained very well if expenditure were controlled and not allowed to become abandoned to the whims and whines of the people running the games. I also think that the time has long passed when Britain should have understood that charity begins at home. We have blown zillions trying to be all things to all foreign parts. I believe we are still sending vast sums of money to India, which has an enormous economy of its own, yet unbelievable class differences at the same time; had we no slums, no one-parent families and all the other human disasters that we do, then helping others would be a different matter: we might then be able to afford it. Hell, we don't even manage to buy the affections of those we think we might be helping: they still hate us, many of them. How many dollars was that that Pakistan gets from the U.S.A.? And they love you too?