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As chairman of the Co-operative Bank, Paul Flowers shared responsibility for the decisions that led to a situation in which most of the bank is to be bought up by hedge funds. Last week, Paul Flowers was filmed buying cocaine. Bafflingly, many people seem to regard the second offence as worse than the first one.
As the debate continues about about whether and how credit unions and other community-based financial bodies can challenge big banking and immoral, high-interest charging pay-day lenders, the Just Festival in Edinburgh will be looking at moral and sustainable commerce.
Crime has been falling overall, according to the police, but we are in the middle of a crime wave which affects thousands of people but does not get recorded in the crime statistics.
It is hard to see how mis-selling payment protection insurance, for example, is anything other than 'obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception'; banks are paying billions of pounds in compensation to millions of customers, but are not being prosecuted, because selling worthless insurance was apparently within the letter of the law.