Ri¢hie Ri¢h and Lord Snooty

Richie RichThere are somethings in life that you really couldn’t make up. Like that bloke with the big bonuses at Barclays being called Rich Ricci (pron. richie).

I immediately thought of the cartoon character from my youth who was also so rich they named him twice, although this particular golden boy inherited his wealth, while his latterday reverse namesake trousered his £18 million despite being a hopeless banker.

And the fact that the bonus was announced on the day of the budget statement didn’t help. Which brings me to another complete and utter banker – George Osborne, aka Lord Snooty.

His ‘Aspiration Nation’* speech was straight out of The Thick Of It for title, style, content and sleight of hand. I particularly liked the bit where he said that that motorists would be paying 13p a litre less for fuel because he wasn’t putting up the tax. Which is a bit like saying they wouldn’t have to pay for a respray because he hadn’t keyed their car.

Lord SnootyThen there was a penny off a pint of beer which is populist and sure to be welcomed, but how does that square with the kite flown last month of putting up the cost of alcohol to deter the harm it can undoubtedly do? Does the right hand know what the left hand is drinking, so to speak.

And if his mortgage incentive scheme isn’t just about providing cheap loans for millionaires as some have claimed, it sounds an awful lot like state-sponsored sub-prime to me.

Finally, why is he subsidising child care for working parents? I’ve nothing against people who choose to place their kids in care while they’re at work, nor those who decide to stay at home, but it seems to me to be flawed logic to pay benefits to people to encourage them to work when there are so many unemployed looking for jobs.

The trouble with most politicians is that when they step foot into the Treasury they start thinking it is simple stuff and spout nonsense, especially when they liken it to running a household budget.

Except countries and economies don’t work like that. There’s more to it than the glorified buying of groceries, paying the mortgage and wondering whether you can afford a family holiday this year.

Not that I know the answers – I’m not an economist. But then neither are they, but at least I’m not too proud to admit it.

* Is it just me or does Aspiration Nation makes us sound like we’re a country of wheezing asthmatics?

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5 comments… Add yours
  • Roger Green 22nd March 2013

    Subsidies for millionaires take place on this side of the pond, too.
    Re: last sentence – yes, it does.

  • rhymeswithplague 22nd March 2013

    I know nothing about Rich Ricci or George Osborne (Lord Snooty), nothing at all, but I am gobsmacked to read the phrase “trousered his £18 million” in your post within hours of learning that Harry Reems has died. I mean, there was someone who really did, literally, trouser his £18 million or however much he earned using only what God gave him.

    Would that we all could do the same.

    • Mr Parrot 22nd March 2013

      I suspect that my colloquialism may not have traveled well. Trousered in this instance simply means putting the money in his trouser pocket!

      • rhymeswithplague 22nd March 2013

        Ian, I knew that. Your colloquialism traveled just fine. I merely expanded the definition to include the putting of one’s genitals into one’s trousers. “Trousered” is now a multifunctional verb as far as I’m concerned. Sometimes it means “into the pockets” (as in money) and sometimes it means “into the trousers” (as in, well, you know)….

  • rhymeswithplague 22nd March 2013

    This just in: It seems that Reems received no money at all from the profits of Deep Throat, all $600 million having gone to members of the mob.


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