Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Politicians know nothing about banking

I came across a link to the House of Commons Treasury Committee report on the banking crisis in the UK, entitled "Banking Crisis: dealing with the failure of the UK banks" here. I thought this would be a good time to check out just how well understood the problems of fractional reserve banking and fiat money are amongst politicians. To test this I did a little search to find out how many occurrences of certain key phrases there were in the 129 page document. And here are the results:
  • "Fractional reserve" - NIL
  • "Money multiplier" - NIL
  • "money supply" - NIL
  • "M3" - NIL
  • "Reserve requirements" - NIL
  • "Fiat currency" - NIL
  • "Gold standard" - NIL
  • "High powered money" - NIL
  • "Monetary base" - NIL
No wonder the banks have been able to pull the wool over the eyes of politicians for so long.

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