Banks create 340,000 scapegoat roles

THE UK’s banks have provided a major boost to the economy by creating a third of a million jobs for professional blame-takers.

The new roles, which cover the whole industry right from branch level to the executive board, offer attractive salaries, full pension packages, and long custodial sentences for corporate malfeasance.

A RBS spokesman said: “We’re looking for a particular kind of person: stupid, yes, but also loyal, and a lack of understanding of complex financial instruments is vital.

“Our new starters need to come in and immediately take ownership, to recognise they’re responsible for a range of historical problems, and to know that the buck very definitely stops with them.”

According to City insiders, pretty much everybody who’s ever owned a Blackberry and hasn’t already been locked up for rioting is guilty of a white-collar crime and in need of a patsy.

Barclays departing CEO Bob Diamond said: “Whether you want to take the fall for running a call centre which forces staff to urinate in buckets under their chairs, for an IT system which digitised 40,000 Indian children into TRONworld, or for the FSA regulator killed with a shotgun in my office ten minutes ago, there’s a job for you at Barclays.”

New international futures desk head Nikki Hollis, formerly an unemployed pet beautician, said: “It’s easy, I just read this script saying that at no time was anyone else aware of the very serious crimes committed entirely at my instigation.

“Apart from that, I surf the internet while they bring me documents to sign and date from six years ago. The Serious Fraud Squad will be here to arrest me in December but in the meantime I get two-hour lunchbreaks and there’s cake on Fridays!

New national TV ads recruiting for the Halifax bring back Howard, singing Be A Scapegoat to the tune of the Village People’s In The Navy while he crowds-surfs his way into the back of a police van.



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Prince Charles to attend Job Centre Plus every fortnight

IN a radical overhaul of how the monarchy is funded, members of the royal family will be asked to attend a job centre every other week.

The move follows publication of the royal family’s annual accounts, which show that the taxpayer gave Prince Charles £2.2 million to spend on Camilla’s posh Peter Stuyvesant fags.

Under the new Royal Credits system, which is to replace the Civil List, Prince Charles must sign on at 3.15pm alternate Tuesdays if he wants to keep getting his benefits. He must remember to bring his signing-on book in its little plastic envelope and any evidence that he has been looking for a job.

The future king can expect to be kept waiting for about 45 minutes while the person in front of him tells their advisor they are thinking about shooting someone on public transport. During this time he can use the job centre’s confusing touch screen monitors to browse for whatever work might suit an ageing aristocrat with soft pink hands.

Prince Charles will then participate in a short interview where a listless woman types his details into a computer before telling him about a vacancy for a part-time trainee beauty therapist in Penzance.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, signs at the slightly later time of 4.15pm. She will wait on the bench outside Job Centre Plus, smoking with people in shell suits and trying to sell them corgi pups.

Job Centre Plus manager Tom Logan said: “Royal Credits aims to save the public money by getting the monarchy off benefits and into full time employment.

“We’ve already got Prince Andrew a semi-permanent role driving a forklift in a plastics moulding factory.

“However any saving to the taxpayer has been offset by maternity pay for the six female colleagues he’s gotten up the spout.”