In my rough-and-ready barometer of where we are in dealing with the financial crisis, I note that #occupylsx has got people talking. That’s great. Instead of mumbling into our beer, we are talking. That’s a far cry from doing, of course.
Using the denial, anger, bargaining, depression, adjustment cycle, I reckon we are up to bargaining. We still believe we are going to make this go away.
When we do get around to adjusting and getting on with life, we are going to need to be well informed about what we can do and whom we can do it with. If you intend to be around when we get round to sorting things out, these questions might help disentangle the issues.
What do you feel, and what do others feel about these issues?
#1 Are people in the UK angry?
#2 Are all people in the UK angry to the same degree? And if not, who is more or less angry and what has led us to that opinion that our levels of anger differ?
#3 Is everyone who is angry, angry about the same things? And with the same people?
#4 Who is angry with you and how do you feel that some people are angry with you?
#5 Who many people in the UK are of working age? How many people in the UK work in banks and the financial services? How many people do you know who work in these industries?
#6 How much money does our government need each year to run the schools, the hospitals, the roads, the police, the fire service, the army, the navy, the airforce?
#7 How much money do the banks and financial services kick-in to the cost of running our government?
#8 What are the various things we could “do” to the banks? Which three seem to be the most popular?
#9 When we “do” these things to the banks, what jobs will be created and which will be lost? Who will be the winners and losers?
#10 When we “do” these things to the banks, what will be the amount they kick-in to the cost of running the government? Will that be more or less and if it is less, how can we make up the shortfall?