The financial crisis took another leap forward today; Merrill makes sneaky announcements of losses, and the government connives to break its own rules. Meanwhile, Kristie claims the housing crash had nothing to do with her.
Brown and Darling to break their own fiscal rules
New Labour have lost the plot. Brown sets up some fiscal rules, and the moment it gets a little difficult, he wants to break them. As the economy slows, tax revenues are coming under pressure. Rather than cutting back on expenditure, New Labour are going to borrow more.
Trying to borrow your way out of a recession; that has been tried before. The consequences are all too predictable; but Brown and Darling are too desperate to care. When it comes to their survival and the long term health of the UK economy, there really is no choice.
UK ratifies EU Lisbon treaty
Brown signs us up for the new EU constitution. Did I miss the referendum?
Newsweek: Is your bank safe?
It is extraordinary how questions that would have been absurd this time last year have now become so important. Following the collapse of IndyMac, Newsweek asks the head of the US deposit insurance corporation about the health of the US financial system.
US Senate accuses two European banks of aiding tax evasion
Here is a surprise; UBS has an estimated 19,000 accounts in Switzerland for US clients with assets valued at 18 billion dollars.
Canadian inflation hits 4.3 percent
Another central bank waiting around for deflation to sort out soaring prices.
Merrill writes down a further $5 billion
Mother Merrill sneaked this one in after the markets closed. In the last four quarters, these sub prime wasters have accumulated $19 billion in losses. Citigroup report today; if you are holding financial sector stocks, it might be a good time to dive for cover.
Allsop says the housing crash is not her fault
I try to ignore her, really I do, but she keeps saying the most outrageous things:
"It's plain silly to point the finger at these (property) programmes for puffing up the property market, forcing people into taking out massive mortgages or into negative equity. Blaming such shows and their presenters for the present uncertain state of the property market is akin to blaming TV chefs for the great bulge in obesity."
Well, no one would argue that property programmes forced people to take out massive mortgages, but Kristie and her mates did a lot to make it socially acceptable to speculate on property.
Kristie thinks the housing crash is all the fault of journalists who have sold up and are now trying to talk the market down. Could there be a contradiction here Kristie? If you talk the market up, then that is OK, but if a journalist talks it down, there is something wrong going on.