The crash of 2008 undoubtedly cast financiers and bankers as the villains of society. Trust and confidence in financial institutions plummeted to an all time low. But amidst the aftermath of the crash, we shouldn't forget that financial markets can be a force for good.
A wondrous event took place in London town last night. A premiere like no other, vInspired's Swing The Vote set out to reveal what's remained a secret 'til now: exactly what will get the UK's 18-24 year olds to the ballot box next summer.
I am not Scottish, and I don't live in Scotland, so I don't have a vote in next week's independence referendum. But if I were, and if I did, I would unhesitatingly vote a great big No... I believe that we really are better together, and that doesn't apply only to England and Scotland.
If Scotland goes independent they'll wonder, what went wrong in Westminster? In other words how, within weeks of the referendum did 300 years of union and 3 years of political confidence become a sudden and desperate battleground between Team Scotland and Team Westminster?
'Seriously, guys,' said Nick, coming back from the buffet car carrying three takeaway lattes in one of those elaborate egg-carton cup carriers. 'Guys. Seriously.' 'God Nick, what now?' David was looking tired while Ed slurped his latte gratefully and quickly.
It was another Conservative prime minister, Harold Macmillian, who explained in just five short words how governments can crumble with such spectacular suddenness: Events, my dear boy, events.
"The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it," so said Nye Bevan, who founded the National Health Service 66 years ago. Two years after the government launched the biggest attack on our health service in its history, we are seeing communities coming together in the fight of their lives to save our NHS. Now growing numbers of people are getting wise to this sinister trade deal which is threatening to make the Tory sell-off of the NHS irreversible.
"It was business wot won it!" That was David Cameron's message last night at the Business Leaders' Reception at Number 10, although they may not have been the exact words used by the Prime Minister. He did however make it clear that when he moved into Downing Street four years ago, the entire place, and I mean the country, not the residence, were in pretty bad shape. And there was no money to fix it.
Scotland will get what a majority of Scots choose. The vote itself is a proof that Scots hold popular sovereignty - and that the United Kingdom is a Union of consent. It may prove a nail-biter. But the most unpredictable factor is probably still less the outcome of the vote but just how close the margin of victory and defeat might be.
Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on our battle against Isis, David Cameron's birthday wish and Tony Blair's latest award? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.
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