The bankers of the city of London are said to be shocked and angered at a budget measure that will force them to pay a levy of some £2 billion pounds. “I cannot see why we should be forced to bail them out” said one city figure. “If Gordon Brown chose to make a number of risky investments in the likes of RBS and then flood the market with funny money to prop up the financial system then why should we have to pay? The UK should have been allowed to become bankrupt as an example of ‘moral hazard’. I might have to keep this Ferarri for years now before I trade it up”.
When asked if the credit crunch might have had more to do with the banks willingness to invest in an unsustainable property bubble rather than the UKs manufacturing and business base, a spokesman for the City stuck his fingers in his ears and replied “La la la, I can’t hear you”.
Members of the working class, who will be hit more meaningfully by the budget, were unavailable for comment as they were busy finding rope and measuring the height of lamp posts in Canary Warfe.