The global economy has been described as a ‘world family’. Let us stick with that analogy for a moment.
The family owes more than it is earning, in fact owes mores more than the total amount of money that exists.
At the moment, Uncle Fred is lending money to Cousin Paul to that he can repay Cousin Peter, who owes money to Auntie Maud, who, in turn, is in debt to Uncle Fred.
No matter how you compute the figures, no matter how many complicated articles you write as to the advisability of young Timothy putting some of his pocket money towards giving Cousin Peter a break if he promises to behave himself in the future, at the end of the day, one of them is going to end up with an empty wallet.
Maud or Fred?
Dollar or Euro?
US or Europe?
It is against this background that Dominic Strauss-Kahn was arrested for alleged rape. Dominic happened to be head of the IMF, the organisation most eager to ensure that it is not the Euro which goes bust. He was staying in a high class hotel in the US, the country most eager to ensure that it is not the dollar which goes bust.
Anybody swanning round the world at the level of Strauss-Kahn expects his every whim to be obeyed – no doubt why Gordon Brown was so keen on the job.
Air France give him an automatic first class seat if he simply turns up and asks for one – if necessary some member of the lower orders simply gets thrown off the plane.
If he is hungry he picks up the phone and a soothing voice asks him what he would like to eat and ensures that it is delivered piping hot a few minutes later – no matter how exotic.
If he doesn’t feel like putting his own toothpaste on his toothbrush, a silkily sycophantic man will arrive at his bathroom door minutes later to do it for him.
If his wife is the other side of the world when he wakes with an early morning erection, then he picks up the phone, and a beautiful young woman arrives minutes later to take care of the matter for him…what did you think concierges did for a living? Just book theatre tickets?
Who knows what requests he had made to the concierge that morning? I very much doubt that when he emerged from his bathroom to find a young woman in a maid’s costume waiting outside the door that it even occurred to him to check who she was.
I certainly don’t think he thought ‘hang on, I’ll just rape this lowly maid and then escape from this God forsaken hole and no one will ever catch me’.
Not when he could have just picked up the phone and obtained an obliging young woman on his IMF funded expense sheet.
This morning, a number of strange details have emerged.
Not only is the innocent maid – so innocent and blameless that she has not been named by any of the US papers – in contrast to Strauss-Kahn who has been humiliated and made to walk the infamous ‘perps walk’ , an event compounded by the Mayor of New York blithely prejudging his possible conviction by saying:
“I think it is humiliating, but if you don’t want to do the perp walk, don’t do the crime,” Mr Bloomberg told reporters in the state capital, Albany.
It now it seems that the New York Post has discovered that Nafissatou Diallo (for we Europeans have the advantage of knowing her name) qualified just six months ago to live in a particular Harlem tower block that is exclusively reserved for those who have HIV/AIDS. Not just those who have HIV/AIDS children living with them, but those families which include an adult with HIV/AIDS. Since Ms Diallo’s family consists solely of her and her daughter, her husband died many years ago, we can safely assume that either she lied through her back teeth to get that apartment or she regrettably suffers from HIV/AIDS……
If you were an international globetrotter with unlimited expenses a busy itinerary, and beset by an inconvenient erection – would you phone the concierge and demand a high class hooker arrive immediately, or would you chance your arm on getting away with raping a passing maid who just happened to come from that part of the African continent with a high rate of HIV/AIDS?
I don’t doubt for one moment Ms Diallo’s account of being raped – that is a matter for the courts to judge, but I do question whether it is conceivable that Strauss-Kahn would have expected that the young woman who let herself into his bedroom would turn out to be a lowly maid who wouldn’t even have mentioned that she had previously claimed to have HIV/AIDS when he demanded his erection be attended to. If you thought you were about to be raped, wouldn’t this piece of information be on the tip of your tongue?
Something stinks here – not least the fact that the Diallo family, from the relatively small Peule tribe originating in Guinea, West Africa, as a whole, are far from ‘impoverished’. They received $3 million dollars a few years back when four police officers shot a member of the family, and although cleared of murder charges, the city settled $3m on them by way of compensation.
This case grows more curious by the day – not least because Strauss-Kahn stepping down from the IMF has removed the main man who was concerned to ensure that it was not the Euro which collapsed.
You may have strong views on the EU and whether or not Britain should been involved at all – but did you realise that this was a contest to see whether it was Europe, rather than the Euro, that ended up with the stale bread and dripping, whilst the US salvaged the Dollar and all the jam?