‘Give criminal bankers’ money to homeless people’

This video from the USA is called UBS Bank Fined $1.5 Billion For LIBOR Scandal.

By Luke James in Britain:

Plaid Cymru calls for bank fine to go to good causes

Friday 28 December 2012

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood called on the Financial Services Authority today to hand UBS’s £160 million fine for rate-rigging to homeless charities and foodbanks.

Under previous rules it would have been offset against future fees but in the summer the government said fines should be returned to the taxpayer.

Ms Wood said the money should be used to help people who had lost out from the economic collapse brought on by financial firms.

She called the UBS fine “no more than a slap on the wrist.

“It was wrong for fines levied on banks to be paid back into the same pot at the Financial Services Authority as if banks were all just part of one big club with no responsibility to society.

“The punishment must fit the crime.”

Ms Wood said the financial crisis and subsequent banker-pushed austerity measures had made many more people homeless.

“This money should be used to alleviate housing problems and support individuals and families who have fallen on hard times.

“With cuts to services being forced through by the UK government, this money could assist those services to help people who are often in desperate need of shelter and food, and have faced severe hardship because of the economic downturn.”

Economists today exposed an “implicit” too big to fail subsidy that stuffed £30 billion into Britain’s banks in 2011: here.

Official figures released today showed that Britain is the most unequal country in Europe: here.

A Leeds hostel for homeless people said today that it is facing “record levels” of demand not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s: here.

15 thoughts on “‘Give criminal bankers’ money to homeless people’

    • The United States constitution never mentioned whether the economy should be extremely capitalist, moderately capitalist, socialist, or anything (at least one of the Founding Fathers, Jefferson, was very critical of corporations).

      That is an advantage of the US constitution over the proposed European Union constitution. Which ordained that EU member states should practice Milton Friedman’s dogmas; and increase military expenditure year after year after year.

      Voters rejected the proposed EU constitution in referendums in France and the Netherlands:


      Then, EU politicians and bureaucrats stopped calling the constitution a constitution, renaming it the Lisbon Treaty. Which made it impossible for French, Dutch, or other voters to reject it. So much for EU democracy 🙂


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