I say chaps, the government's cracking down on tax avoidance!
Well, HMRC are conducting an investigation into dubious offshore banks.
HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Suisse) SA, for one.
Oh good - one of those Swiss outfits designed to help rich Brits hide their money.
That's the one.
Excellent. The directors and executives should be strung up for cheating the taxpayer at a time of national economic crisis.
Er…? What do you mean?
Well, they're not exactly swinging from lamp-posts.
How about a damn good thrashing then? Public humiliation? Drummed out of public life for their selfishness?
'Fraid not, old chap. HSBC (Suisse)'s top man's rather gone the other way. Stephen Green's now a government minister for trade (he's also been the HSBC chairman and is - ironically given that Jesus chucked the moneychangers out of the temple, an ordained Anglican vicar). Just like that Sir Philip Green chappy, who paid his Monte Carlo-based wife £1.5bn from his company to avoid his £285m contribution to the country (and they're not the only ones).
It's all about the Green, then.
It is. It really is.