The following comment appeared yesterday on a blog apparently set up by a banker to explain why the G20 protests are pointless.
"I managed to sneak a lunch break for 15 minutes and head down to the protests (if anyone is familiar with the area I work in Liverpool Street, so the Bank of England is a two minute walk). What can I say? You already know my opinion of the idiots who are protesting.
There's no point in the G20 London protests!
And what kind of people did I see? Would you be surprised if I said drunk students? It's a sad fact that those students are the kids who are going to be applying for the trading graduate schemes on my trading floor. This is such hypocrisy don't you think? I mean, even if you don't agree with my point of view you have got to admit this is crazy?
Anyway, the place was packed. I can't really describe the feelings there - the atmosphere was a mix between a carnival and a football riot. I saw a few famous faces - including Russell Brand and I saw a few disturbing things (a group of rough teenagers covering their faces and shouting loud comments).
The people who were protesting don't have a clue about economics. They don't have a clue about how markets function.
And most importantly, they don't have a clue about how important I am in society.
Yes you heard me right - without me and my fellow bankers you wouldn't have stable prices for anything - from bread to oil. And what about your retirement? Let me tell you something, without me you would be screwed. Which is why when I saw a couple of hooligans smashing the windows of RBS it made me so angry.