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We need emergency law to punish guilty fat cats

Like the IRA, these people too have been responsible for loss of life, writes Tim Pat Coogan

Published 12/12/2010 | 05:00

TWO things should emerge from the present crisis. Firstly, any incoming government must introduce emergency legislation whereby those responsible for that crisis are punished both financially and by jail sentences.

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Secondly, there must be a far greater realisation of the truth that politics is much too serious a business to be left to politicians.

I'll return to the legislation issue in a moment, but first let me point out that in a sense we are all responsible for what has happened. We were lazy and we left it to the worshippers, not merely of the Golden Calf, but of a Golden Bullock. How many of us have ever either joined a political party or taken any part in the selection of candidates on the formulation of policy?

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