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article imageOp-Ed: When Bankers Were Good

By Alexander Baron     Nov 23, 2011 in World
This BBC documentary examines the philanthropic activities of British bankers from building accommodation for the “deserving poor” to the founding of the British Goat Society.
No, the title is not a joke, but you'd need a time machine rather than a long memory to recall this era. The only bad thing about this hour long excursion into 19th Century England is that it is presented by Ian Hislop, the irritating and at times odious editor of Private Eye. Having said that, this is not the first excellent documentary to which he has leant his name.
For those who can receive it, it is currently on BBC iplayer. Hislop examines how George Peabody established Peabody Estates all over Central London for the working poor; the philanthropy of the Barclay family, devout Quakers, and long a high street name as one of the big banks; and others, including the wealthy social reformer Elizabeth Fry.
Rather than say too much, click on the link and enjoy it, or watch out for it on YouTube if you can't.
Towards the end, Hislop interviews Lord Rothschild, although rather diplomatically he doesn't mention the name David Icke!
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