A Rant

I was casting about looking for something to write for dVerse Open Link Night, against the background of the 10pm TV news programme. This story and an interview with a senior Barclays Bank executive enraged me and resulted in this unpoetic rant.

Bankers are at it again,
mundulating*  wormy squirmy excuses
for raising salaries and bonuses
for their staff, yet losing money
hand over fist while
junior employees are made redundant.

Small firms can whistle for a loan.
Shareholders can go hang;
pension fund managers
get short shrift, their pensioners likewise.
but Barclays managers?
Ever more money to waste
on frivolity, corporate jollity – money they don’t deserve.
When will they take a “reality cheque,”
work honestly, earn our respect?

Mundulation:  a word coined and defined by Harry Nicholson. In 2009 it was first used:

a) In a defamatory sense:  allusion to explanations of MPs’ outrageous expenses claims.  From Latin, mundus: world,
and Latin, undulant: wave like, rising and falling.

b) Obsolescent: the growth and decay of systems, as in worlds, empires and religions
c) Now in vulgar use for anything that writhes in a confused manner casting about for excuses
   

 

 

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11 Responses to A Rant

  1. Alice Keys says:

    I like you when you rant! 🙂

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  2. When has it ever been fair in the history of the world? It should be, but it never is… still if we don’t speak up, rant truth there will never be the slightest possibility of equality, even in our dreams.

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  3. So appropriate, Viv. The part about laying-off employees really gets to me and I’ve seen it in my own career…even in healthcare.

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  4. claudia says:

    ah i can get angry at things like that as well…it’s just terribly unjust that they cut on one end and throw out money at the other and into their own pockets…ugh..

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  5. tigerbrite says:

    I wouldn’t call your rant unpoetic, it has a jolly good rhythm and words of truism.

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  6. Nice rap rhythm. I like wormy squirmy excuses.

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  7. Madhumakhi says:

    When will they ever work honestly? Maybe when they find that they’ve burned out their own money in frivolities. You’ve described this universal problem of dishonest bankers very well.

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  8. wolfsrosebud says:

    … and there are some things we can do nothing about… sad

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  9. I know–doesn’t this just burn you? It does me!

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  10. brian miller says:

    oy, having worked in banking back in the day
    its dirty business and plenty of money to be made
    considering the american tax payers bailed out the banks
    only for them to get bonuses…ugh

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  11. I’ve missed your rants!

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