We are living through what is probably the worst financial crisis of all time. Much of the problem was caused by greedy banks and entailed an unprecedented bailout of billions of pounds to save them from inevitable bankruptcy. Now we learn that billions of pounds are to be paid as bonuses to bankers. The mind boggles! The threat that they will go elsewhere should the government come down on them too hard is just that – a threat. Whilst we, as a nation have to endure severe cut backs in “services”, a VAT Rate of 20%, petrol and energy prices soaring, severe unemployment etc. the bankers, who have quite a responsibility for the present financial crisis, are to be allowed to reap a bonus harvest. The Government own, on our behalf, substantial shares in several banks and they should use their holdings to prevent this. In my opinion, only when the banks have paid back every last penny of the amount of money used to bail them out, should they be permitted to pay any bonuses at all. The billions they have set aside for bonuses can be used to amortize their debt to this country. And if they don’t like it – tough.