(don't worry, neither long nor a rant)
(at least, thats my intention)
First instance of national complaining
Apparently there were 15,000 phone calls to emergency services during the unexpected and atypical snow here in the UK -
15,000 calls from people complaining about snow ball throwing.
In the face of this statistic*, I find myself without the words - or even, indeed, the will - to make any further comment.
Proud to be British?
Second instance of "national" complaining:
Some of the bosses / ex-bosses from major banks were in Parliament this week, and all over the news and papers, apologising for their part in the crash.
They also proffered the information (presumably in their defence) - is it too much to call this a complaint? - that they too had suffered losses of £££millions.
Again, I find myself almost beyond making any further comment.
These losses are through bonuses taken primarily in shares.
Bonuses given, of course, on top of £££million salaries.
We the British public are, also of course, complaining about this.
I have no confidence that our complaints will be heard by those who "matter".
After Obama's cap on the salaries of bosses of US bailed-out banks, our bank bosses have apparently been scrabbling frantically around to get out bonuses for the current year before the various loop holes which allow for this are closed.
Despite their currently huge salaries.
Despite the recession.
Despite the loss of savings and pension affecting ordinary people on low incomes.
Despite the £££billions of public money recently put into saving their banks.
Despite...despite...spite...spitefully...spitting...sorry, mustn't rant.
Will Gordon Brown might follow Obama's example?
I have no such hope.
Complaint over. I hope this was neither too long nor too ranty.
My next post will be much more frivolous.
In the context of thinking about this, I loved and thought most brilliant this cartoon by Martin Rowson from last week's Guardian:
Cartoon: Martin Rowson, The Guardian Saturday 7/02/2009
* source of information: Marina Hyde in The Guardian Saturday 7/02/2009
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