by John Archer » Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:50 am
Jeez, PE, you're a real depressive. Perk up, man!
....thanks, John...perkiness isn't my problem (I have the original T-shirt) but personal experience & pragmatism replaced the rose-coloured specs these many years ago.
We have come so far down the 'laissez-faire' road that, while we are still, curiously, able to recognise the whole gamut of obvious criminality, we are simply no longer interested in applying the remedies. While an analogy is not necessary, we are content to invite burglars into our house, provide them with tea & biscuits while they strip us of everything...and then recommend that they receive a sinecure & a fat pension for their outstanding services to the community.
If you live in the midden, John, it becomes your familiar surroundings & thus normal...that is the problem.
A few minor players in the fraud game have had their collars felt...unimportant, expendable scapegoats & 'fall guys' caught petty-thieving without the insurance of having friends in high places....they will spend a few months on holiday at Butlins & will then be quietly forgotten.
For the reamainder, it's (lucrative & safe) business as usual...the few squarks & threats of reprisal come from paper tigers.