Bella Caledonia: Handbags and Handshakes


By Bella Caledonia editor Mike Small

THE IDEA that PS15 million is to be raised for a Thatcher Museum is a perverse one when the whole of Britain today is a memorial to Thatcherism and her vindictive ideology. With Allan Massie smelling blood in the air and worrying about “harrying the great estates” we seem to be hovering somewhere between Downtown and the Wolf of Wall Street.

‘Wolf Street’ as the expose today informs us that HSBC helped their wealthiest clients hide money and evade taxes on an industrial scale.

It’s just the latest in a series of ‘exposes’ about the banking industry, an unchanging rota of stories about endemic corruption and wholesale theft from the public to the private realm that we’ve now become completely inured to.

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Picture courtesy of R Barraez D’Lucca