Saturday, 24 October 2009

Spelling It Out

I have been asked by one of my blog readers, what do I mean when I say 'There is a shortage of houses to be sold at £10m+. Go figure.'

It's a good point. What I mean is that the top earning and most wealthy individuals of this country and those who work here but are classed as non-domiciled for tax reasons have been the least affected by the financial crisis over the last period - in fact, they have mostly benefited from it. There is a good reason for that and why Britain is still in recession despite the fact that super-wealthy people cannot find enough £10m+ homes to use their money on. It's because our bank bailouts ensured that the way these people earn their money was not just preserved but actually the whole system has been 'reset' at taxpayer cost so that they can earn far, far more from the kinds of products that mean nothing to us and society in general.

Our Government, very different to Governments of France, Germany and Japan, poured almost all of their 'stimulus' money into saving the banking system. Germany, for instance, put €10bn into directly subsidising wages so that workers were not laid off and into major education rejuvenation projects and technology plus stimulating directly, and substantially, the car industry. In contrast, we have really provided little stimulus and what we have provided mostly went down the throats of banks in the form of Quantitative Easing who used it for their high risk casino banking.

That is the reason why we have remained in recession and why the only way out to service our long term debt will be to make the low earners disproportionately less well off as tax increases will be aimed at those first.

It's hard to spell it out any clearer - but there is a tiny percentage of very wealthy people who helped cause the crash who are far better off because of our Government's policies on economic rescue. Sarkozy and Merkel told Brown he was wrong in trying to bail banks out too readily, they have been proved right.

This year over 100 banks have failed in the US and not a single saver has lost their money - nearly every one of those banks were small regional players that did not participate in the activities of the greedy banks - yet they took the brunt of the economic catastrophe. Meanwhile the newly revitalised investment banks like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase are talking in terms of record profits and bonuses.

The solution to our problems are actually making the problems worse.

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