Friday 24 November 2017

Dickens had bankers sussed

Madam -- Yet another bank shows its true colours with a US Senate report categorising the "pervasively polluted" culture at HSBC. However while you might think that this is a deserved epithet for the shenanigans of a leading financial institution, I would beg to disagree.

Our own Jonathan Swift was not short of a satirical word about the purveyors of credit (close, griping, squeezing fellows), but I turn to one of the greatest writers in English literature for the ultimate in poisonous prose.

Concerning bankers, Dickens pulled no punches, classifying them as "slobbering, bow-paunched, overfed, apoplectic, snorting cattle".

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