Standard Chartered has been accused by the US authorities of busting the US sanctions against Iran by aiding the Iranian financial transactions in the US dollar. Is it a disturbing news? Not really, as expected and we can expect more news of this kind about the financial institutions in the future.
The Bank of England downgraded the growth forecast to 0% (no growth), from 2% growth predicted a year ago, for the year 2012. Is it a disturbing news? Not really, as expected and - considering the way the economy is run at the moment - it is unrealistic to expect any good news any time soon. People should get real and accept that the way the government manages the economy is precisely designed to produce such results. This is the fact, this is how it works, not a rhetorical statement.
The government's Funding for Lending initiative is initially expected to lend about £80bn at below-market rates to banks and building societies. Is it going to help the economy? Of course, not. Even if the banks lend the initial £80bn to households and companies this money will come back to the banks in the first cycle of the money circulation and will not be re-lent again (or very little of it). It will then be used by the banks to convert their toxic waste to it and, of course, to pay huge bonuses to those who will do it. It is glaringly obvious that the financial system works in a way that any cash injection done through the banks will eventually be plundered by them. Funding for Lending is another classic example of throwing good money after bad after rescuing the banks and QE. The financial system is below-rock bottom.
The disturbing news is that it appears that those who run the economy, the government and their advisors, and also the mainstream media who comment on it, do not have a clue about what they are doing. As the alternative news is even worse and rather improbable: that they are damaging the economy on purpose. But from logical perspective such option cannot be ruled out either.
[Since this article has been published this morning BBC reported that "the UK's trade gap widened sharply in June, to its worst level since comparable records began in 1997." Is it a disturbing news? I can only reiterate: not really, as expected and we can expect more news of this sort in the future. But, hey, does it really matter? We are really set for more medals in the Olympics and the government folk and the establishment have a time of their lives.]