The Monty Python guide to development: part 2 – economics

Following on from the Monty Python guide to the politics of development, it’s time to take to a look at economics. Enjoy.

Robin Hood redistribution is trickier than we thought!
“He steals from the poor and gives to the rich.”

Banks and corporate social responsibility
“Ah, a gift! Its a tax dodge!”

Up up up the premium! Full speed ahead! It’s fun to charter an accountant
And so they sailed off into the ledgers of history. Prepare to sing-a-long and sail on the opportunities of the global accountan-cy!

External link: (clip from The Meaning of Life)

Sing-a-long lyrics (for those that do):

It’s fun to charter an accountant
And sail the wide accountancy,
To find, explore the funds offshore
And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy!

It can be manly in insurance.
We’ll up your premium semi-annually.
It’s all tax deductible.
We’re fairly incorruptible,
We’re sailing on the wide accountancy!

Well-being versus growth: you try telling the young people of today and they won’t believe you!

According to four Yorkshiremen.


Previously: the Monty Python guide to development part 1: politics.

[h/t to Duncan Green for initiating the series!]