It only takes the slightest bit of encouragement to capture the attention of a Brit. And lludwig very kindly provided that; something he may or may not regret somewhere down the line.
I borrowed (outright stole) all but the 'to' of the thread title from the very famous and hugely long-running BBC radio programme, originally known as the 'Home Service', and subsequently renamed 'Letter from America' presented by Alistair Cooke. That ran to 2,869 shows. Not certain how much leeway I'm likely to be allowed, but we can try to make an assault on that record here.
My apologies to lludwig for not using his suggestion. But you all must know by now that we curmudgeons from the other side of the water aren't good at taking advice, whomever it is offering it. We tend to point haughtily at a volume of English History and expect you to know exactly what that means.
It wasn't too long ago that many over-righteous mouthpieces in our press were up in arms (not literally; we're not allowed such toys here) over the case of an old chap extradited to the U.S. for allegedly selling software to some noisomely-governed place or other in the middle-east, that could be incorporated into their overgrown fireworks. Well now there is a different story. And you are most welcome to the targets of the F.B.I.'s extradition attempts on this occasion. I would imagine those self-same mouthpieces would, this time, actively encourage such moves.
We have a large group of extremely despicable people that we would most humbly beg space in one or other of your penitentiaries for. The nastier the current inmates, the better, in my poor opinion. We call these dreadful specimens of supposed-humanity 'bankers'. As I understand it, you have also had problems recently with similar incredibly wealthy dregs.
Unfortunately for the 60+ millions of us here that aren't cabinet ministers, our highest administrators tend to desire such things as seats on the boards of large financial institutions to be ready-warmed for their aristocratic backsides in preparation for their next election defeat. So our bunch of sad wannabes in Westminster will never put in the effort necessary to send these money-grubbing miscreants to one of our own fine correctional institutions. Which are far too comfortable destinations for them anyway.
It is most fortunate for them that such folk as myself have no power because we would, by now, have already ordered the trapdoor and considerable lengths of good, sturdy hemp rope.
It is of constant amazement to me that it doesn't appear obvious to anyone with functional ears, eyes and a brain cell or two that what always-but-always floats to the top is the scum. It happens with ponds, rivers, lakes. And societies. Yet we fumble along for decades, even centuries, just allowing these jump-up johnnies to blatantly walk all over us.
It would seem, however, that that particular worm has had a burst of energy and is now engaged in the initial stages of turning. I do so look forward to a happy ending to all of this for us, the ordinary folk (and there's none more ordinary than me), and a seriously nasty and pauperizing finale for the greedy, grasping, fraudulent, villainous, iniquitous gangsters responsible for ruining our financial services industry.
I have had to rely on current affairs for the inspiration for this diatribe. That is because there isn't, of course, sufficient space on the internet for me to have employed British History for that purpose - he said grinningly.
I hope I didn't upset too many people or bring a real downer to your day. Only time and thread viewings will tell.
A preoccupation with the next world is a clear indication of an inability to cope credibly with this one. .