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Ten years on, how did the guilty men of the financial crash get away with it?

There has been vanishingly little personal accountability for the financial crisis

By Ben Chu   August 2017

Occupy Wall Street activists clash with police in New York. Photo: Christina Horsten/DPA/PA Images

“We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it.”

Gordon Gekko, the cigar-chomping anti-hero of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987), understood that the dominant element of the art of speculative finance is the bamboozle; the draping of a blanket of complexity over all the acres of dirty linen.

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