The only time I forgot myself was when I posted a Richard Curtis video.
That video made the case for a financial transaction tax, better known as the Robin Hood tax. With world leaders about to meet in Seoul for the G20 summit, an alliance of 183 organisations from 42 countries has written to them, urging them to bring in such a tax:
The letter, addressed to G20 leaders including Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama, is signed by development, health, education and environmental charities and unions from 16 of the G20 countries.There are still many to be answered about this tax - Is it meant simply to raise money or curb the banks' more speculative activities? What will the proceeds be spent on? Will it be the banks who pay or their customers? - but I continue to find it an appealing idea.
It says that a financial transaction tax would help meet the costs "of the global financial and economic crisis, including reducing the unacceptably high rate of job loss, and achieve key development, health, education and climate change objectives in developing countries".