Well then, back to the fray. I tentatively turned on BBC Radio 4′s Today this morning but thought I had accidentally tuned in to Radio North Korea, such was the scale of invective against British Banks and indeed the evil concept of “Investment”. It turns out Bob Diamond, head of Barclays, is the most evil man in the world. (Oh, and it was nice to hear an “independent” financial expert tell us that the UK would really be better off within the putative EU banking union! )
By way of contrast, I also caught a sycophantic interview with IRA Commander Martin McGuinness. Turns out he is now a much loved Statesman of Arafat-esque proportions. No tough questions from John Simpson such as how MANY innocent people did McGuinness’s IRA murder under his direct command?; how many innocent people did McGuinness personally kill?; Did McGuinness give the go ahead for the Poppy Day bombing at Enniskillen? Nope – instead we were allowed to hear this terrorist Godfather waffle for all he was worth about the need to dissolve Northern Ireland as part of the “peace process”
So, in summary, Bob Diamond BAD, Martin McGuinness GOOD.
It’s great to be back.