If during the last 30 years, socialist economic policies had been enacted by socialist governments across the advanced world, resulting in an economic calamity as devastating for ordinary people as is the present crisis, right wing parties would not merely be advocating a policy revolution, but coup d'etats. Right-wing policies of free market economics, light-touch regulation of high finance and credit-fuelled consumerism have brought us to this point, yet elicit from our 'Labour' Government no stinging rebuke for the elite which caused this catastrophe. Rather, Government is recruiting an ever expanding cabal of bankers to advise on how best to direct the bailouts. When bankers and financiers are virtually indistinguishable from the Government, the result is the notion that saving the people depends on saving the banks. People are searching for a more coherent vision of the future. Unlike in the United States, they are not getting one from our leading politicians.