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The beauty of hindsight …

Six months ago, I posted some cracking quotes about the crisis.

I recently saw the Power of Yes by David Hare (well worth a viewing), and the programme has many more choice quotes to add to the list.

Here are some of my favourites, plus a few more I dug out from other sources:


“The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit … there must be a strict supervision of all banking and credits and investments; there must be an end to speculation with other people’s money, and there must be provision for an adequate but sound currency.”
Franklin D Roosevelt


“Some people look at subprime lending and see evil. I look at subprime lending and I see the American dream in action.”
Senator Phil Gramm

April 2004

“During its one hundred and fifty year history, Lehman Brothers has always been an innovator, financing new ideas and inventions before many others even began to realise their potential. And it is part of the greatness not just of Lehman Brothers but of the City of London, that as the world economy has opened up, you have succeeded not by sheltering your share of a small protected national market but always by striving for a greater and greater share of the growing global market.”
Gordon Brown, MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer

April 2006

“There is growing recognition that the dispersion of credit risk by banks to a broader and more diverse group of investors, rather than warehousing such risk on their balance sheets, has helped make the banking and overall financial system more resilient. The improved resilience may be seen in fewer bank failures and more consistent credit provision. Consequently the commercial banks may be less vulnerable today to credit or economic shocks.”
IMF Global Financial Stability Report


June 2007

“This is an era that history will record as the beginning of a new golden age for the City of London.”
Gordon Brown, Mansion House Speech

February 2009

“Our system for regulating markets and for prosecuting market crime is completely broken. If you mug someone in the street and you are caught, the chances are that you will go to prison. In recent years mugging someone out of their savings or their pension would probably earn you a yacht.”
Sir Ken Macdonald, QC


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