Some of the greatest journalists and analysts in America also happen to be comedians. Watching The Last Laugh with John Bird (in the guise of investment banker, George Parr) and John Fortune (together known as the Long Johns), the same can certainly be said of British comedians as well.
The following is a transcript of this insightful comedian team who brilliantly and accurately describe the mindset of the bailed-out bankers.
John Fortune: George Parr, you are an investment banker.
John Bird: Well, I don’t think there is any call for insults or name calling.
Fortune: Sorry, I was just…
Bird: We have after all just been through a very difficult situation.
Well, but let’s face it, you are an investment banker, and I just wanted to get your view of the turmoil that is now engulfing the financial world.
Well, I’m of a certain age, there aren’t many of us left from my generation, and I can look back at a time when the world seemed a simpler place, with some sense of certainty and order. I think this is a golden age of banking.
You’re thinking of the 60′s perhaps or even the 50′s.
No, I was thinking more of June last year. Why can’t we go back to the time when people took the word of a banker as gospel. Now we get suspicion, finger pointing, people arguing, and all sorts of difficult questions.
What sort of questions?
Nit-picking pointless sorts of things like, I don’t know… Where’s the money gone? As if I’m supposed to know.