The Reverend Paul Flowers is already dubbed The "Crystal Methodist" and an inspiration for David Cameron to make inappropriate jokes in Parliament for which he has been forced to apologise by the Speaker of the House. Cameron has been far too keen to draw attention to the CoOp link with Labour because he wishes to imply that Labour has a complicit relationship with a drug taking incompetent crook if so be The Reverend Flowers, allegedly.
Paul Flowers may well be the pantomime hypocrite, a Tartuffe that duped and broke a mutual bank, but it is not Flowers that donated money to Labour, it was of course the institution of the CoOp. Our present chancellor George Osborne, was it seems a fan of mutual banks and The CoOp in particular. The CoOp Bank was his choice for the ill-fated attempt to take over surplus branches from the bailed-out Lloyds Banking Group. Osborne was certainly in charge and if strings were pulled to this end, Osborne was pulling the strings and not Labour.
Osborne was also supported by Vince Cable of course, who is, or was another big fan of the CoOp and the principal of mutual trading.
All together in harmony, they were advocates of the CoOp, until of course the current side show complete with pantomime villain, epitomising greed and hubris and potential corruption in banking, if not actual corruption in banking.
The need to "regulate" the banking sector is a lesson now learnt and the consequence of the failure to regulate were clear enough. Cameron was the first and last to point the finger of blame at Labour. Show me a Tory speaking on any subject whatever and they will not have failed to refer to the failure of Labour to regulate the banks. The Bedroom Tax, the cuts in NHS nursing staff, the closure of Libraries; a coalition of a thousand cuts directed at the poorest and all down to Labour failing to regulate the banks, or so Cameron would have us believe.
So where then has been the due diligence of the coalition in the last three and a half years? How could this happen again?
If the Reverend Paul Flowers is a pantomime hypocrite, then what is Cameron?