Darling should have allowed Northern Rock to be flogged to Lloyds when he had the chance. This small mistake led to a £30bn loan. Today, he's doubled it to £60bn. And remember, he cannot guarantee the safe return of this cash - your money.
The City is awash with rumours of the utter chaos going on behind the scenes. Of how Goldmans could not believe the lack of urgency at the Treasury, about how the Bank of England's representative needed to have explained to him the debt market which got Northern Rock into such a mess. Never has the phrase "Old Lady of Threadneedle Street" been more appropriate. And as for Darling, the phrase which best sums him up is "rogue chancellor". Except this time, it's not Barings' money. It is yours.