The stars of BBC 3’s ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ parody Barclays’ role in speculating on food prices – www.wdm.org.uk/barclays. Jolyon Rubinstein, Heydon Prowse, Josie Long, Joseph Dives and Leila Farzad pose as Barclays bankers attempting to sell spoof investment products to unsuspecting passers-by, with “profit margins so ridiculous, it’s almost criminal”. Look out for the bit where the police remove the comedians from a Barclays bank branch! The film was produced for World Development Movement.
Time to stop bankers betting on hunger
Global food prices are soaring, pushing many more of the world’s poorest people into hunger.
Financial speculators are rushing to cash-in on rising prices. Experts predict that betting on the cost of food will push prices through the roof, as it did in 2008 and 2011.
This is just plain wrong. We’ve teamed up with the stars of BBC 3’s ‘The revolution will be televised’ to spoof the UK’s leading food speculator, Barclays, to show just how scandalous this is.
The banks can be stopped. Right now there is a real opportunity to prevent speculation contributing to future food crises. On 13 November, Europe’s finance ministers will vote on new rules to stop speculators pushing up prices.
But the UK government is firmly opposed to regulation and could scupper the vote. We need mass public pressure to change Chancellor George Osborne’s mind.
Please help us show George Osborne that the UK public wants him to vote for strong limits to tackle food speculation – and help prevent bankers betting on hunger.