Charming Diamond Bob demonstrates his mastery of the British Way with the words "the firestorm will fade".
Ranks close, backs are watched, Old Boys stir themselves. The nods and winks spread the word: we're all in this together. Hold your nerve. It'll pass.
Politicians will do, we are assured, what is 'right and proper'.
What is lacking from the public debate on the crimes of bankers is a sufficient exposure of the suffering of real people: bankrupt businesses, houses repossessed, lives ruined.
The American economist Joseph Stiglitz has the answer: prosecute and jail the criminals.