Bad boys give their middle finger to their fellow men and women. This was the week of bad boys all over the world.
Appalling scenes from Toxteth (Liverpool) , Winsom Green (Birmingham) or Ealing (London) and many other places in the UK . Riots resulting in neighbourhoods which look like war-zones now. Burning buildings, ravaged shops, ruined street-furniture and thousands of angry, stealing, looting, violent youngsters. Most of them unemployed, loathing the society that leaves them out and in their perception denies them what they are entitled to. Their fury produced an irrational stampede of vandalizing gangs. The world looked on in shock and horror. The damage done runs in the hundreds of millions of Sterling Pounds. Prime minister David Cameron promised the House of Commons to come down on the culprits tough and merciless: “We will track you down, we will find you, we will charge you, we will punish you. You will pay for what you have done”.
Yes, the PM and public opinion is clear: these are bad boys – and girls. A risk to society.
But are they as dangerous as massive corruption by politicians, businessmen and policemen? Because they are actually Indonesia’s economic ( and moral) black hole. A lot of the nation’s wealth and economic potential goes down the drain because of them. If it comes to damage to the country they at least vie with English scum for the world championship bad boy ( and bad girl). But only in exceptional cases they will “be charged, punished and pay” for what they have done.
Among them are prodigal sons. And daughters. They are guys and dolls who fled the country because their involvement with the nation’s most damaging game, has been found out. Which was either by their bad luck or by stupidity. Yet they apparently immediately managed to buy their escape to Singapore or other convenient places, leaving the hunting grounds to their smarter colleagues. Yet one of them returned home this week. Not quite voluntary though. And definitely quite frightened of what might happen to him. No wonder since he profiled himself as a man-who-knows-too-much. Nazaruddin therefore was on the front stage this week.
Anyhow, he is back and the nation holds it’s breath. Will he actually be the scandalous snitch and media delicacy the weeks and months to come? A lot of people doubtlessly hope so. If only because the dragging on Century Bank scandal by and large has become pretty obsolete, boring and hopeless. Everybody is waiting for new, fresh, juicy showdown of immoral behaviour by the ruling elite. The very persons who of course are the ones who fear the anxious prodigal son will speak his mind . They hope lightning will strike and get him before he can open his mouth.
The greedy Indonesian bad boys are bad enough, but perhaps the worst ones are to be found among the bankers and speculators in the financial world.
Bankers call the shots. Well, not just bankers but the other major players of the global financial world as well. Someone told me “Finance” globally equals 30% of the financial-economic machine that is grinding us. Which means about one third of what, taking all earthlings together, we think we own is nothing but virtual. Thin air actually. Which showed last two weeks: the stock-markets lost about $ 700 billion of their “value”. Gigantic figures. Vanished into thin air.
Yet they bring huge wealth to the chosen few, the insiders. The financial top brass rewards itself with astronomical salaries, bonuses and gains from gambling with, mainly, other people’s money. By speculating. Well,by rather calculated, coordinated, deliberately managed manipulation. They can do so come rain or shine because they are the wizards of this semi-fictitious world, the high priest of this partly make belief universe.
The damage caused by Richard S. Fuld Jr (Lehman Brothers), Sir Fred Goodwin (Bank of Scotland), Jean-Paul Votron (Fortis-ABN) or Lloyd Blankfein probably is much more serious than what the scum on the streets in the UK brought about.
Even the likes of Nazaruddin and Nunun are no match for them. They have the longest middle fingers. And no one to tell them:”We will track you down, we will find you, we will charge you, we will punish you. You will pay for what you have done”.