|Ok, so let me get this straight:
The Government, (or BoE) has now guaranteed all deposits, at all UK banks.... Just like that, no discussion, no thinking through the implications?
Bankers can now run their business with total abandon, safe in the knowledge they cannot possibly fail... but they're not actually nationalised... so, we the taxpayer see only risk, no possible benefit.... it's like something from a fascist junta.
All I can say is they must have known something horrific about the banks (and Alliance and Leicester loosing near 40% of its value 30mins before the end of trading today tends to support that....) or they're insane.
Basically to cover all this new debt they've underwritten they'd have to print (create electronically these days) hundreds of billions of pounds, the very spectre of this happening will cause the pound to drop, possibly plummit.
Since a huge amount of our debt is in foreign currency, our debt will become very much more expensive to service, and as we print pounds to pay it off, the pound becomes yet more worthless.
This is potentially weimar republic or zimbabwe hyper-inflation territory.
I'd be honestly happy if someone can tell me where and why I'm wrong!