LA News Release, "No Bail-out of the British Financial System: Let Failed Banks Fail" (January 2009)

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Release Date: Monday 19th January 2009
Release Time: Immediate

Contact Details:
Dr Sean Gabb on 07956 472 199 or via


The British Government's latest proposed rescue of the financial system is a fraud on the taxpayers and will fail, says the Libertarian Alliance, Britain's most radical free market and civil liberties policy institute.

[The British Government proposes to spend up to £200 billion of the taxpayers' money on lending to the commercial banks in an effort to end the alleged liquidity crisis. This is in addition to the £600 billion already handed over.Full story at]

According to Sean Gabb, Director of the LA:

"Final responsibility for this crisis rests with the authorities. For at least ten years, the Bank of England - and the central banks in most other countries - has kept interest rates below the market equilibrium. The result has been an frenzy of credit creation by the commercial banks. This led to an asset price bubble that has now burst.

"The recession we now face cannot be avoided by pseudo-scientific manipulations of 'aggregate demand' It is the natural result of malinvestment and general speculation. A return to prosperity is best achieved not by trying to reflate the speculative bubble, but by allowing the liquidation of bad investments to proceed as quickly as possible.

"We agree that this will be painful to those who lose money or livelihoods. But there is no avoiding the aftereffects of an inflationary boom.

"Governments can stand back and let weak institutions fail. This will bring on the worst financial collapse since 1931, and be followed by a nasty recession. Or they can spray vast amounts of our tax money into the financial markets, which might briefly delay the worst financial collapse since 1931 and a nasty recession to follow.

"The only real beneficiaries of this rescue will be those working in the financial markets. They have spent the past decade stuffing our savings up their noses while telling us they were invested. Now their friends in government have come up with a scheme to use our tax money to pay next year's bonuses.

"The Libertarian Alliance denounces this proposed rescue and predicts bad times for years to come."


Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is the author of ten novels and ten other books, plus about a million words of journalism. He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at

His latest novel, The Break, has been nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

His recent book, Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely Prospects, is a defence of freedom of speech without exceptions. 

Or his book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, explains how its current ruling class has turned England into a totalitarian police state, and how this ruling class can be overthrown and utterly destroyed.

Or another of his books, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power, explains how the current "war" on smoking has nothing to do with making individuals healthy, but everything to do with enhancing the power of a totalitarian ruling class, and enriching its relevant client groups.

You can see other books by Sean Gabb here.

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The Libertarian Alliance is Britain's most radical free market and civil liberties policy institute. It has published over 800 articles, pamphlets and books in support of freedom and against statism in all its forms. These are freely available at

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