What a marvellous world we live in and what fine examples we set to the youth of today.
Muhammad Yunus, Ph.D., founder and managing director of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh is awarded the Nobel peace prize for charging the hapless Indian poor an eyewatering 98% interest on his loans, drug addicts sue (and win) HM Govt for putting them into 'cold turkey' and a drunk who elbowed his way past others who desperately needed a kidney and then in spite of top medical opinion drank himself daft, has his mug shoved on a £5 note.
As a footnote the RBU can only print notes against it's gold/metal reserves...I fail to see how they can make a profit or donate naff all to charity.
Think about it Gandalf, the bulk of theses notes will never go into circulation, they will lie in drawers as collectors items so will do wonders for Ulster Bank's balance sheet! Also the publicity worldwide has already been and will be continue to be collossal, what price that? I think it has been a very clever marketing coup!! I understand they are now concerned about handling the inevitable queues on the day the notes are issued.
I'm surprised at the veneration of George Best compared to the compassionless writing off of drug-addicted prisoners in another thread. Best was a drug addict: his drug was alcohol. It's a poisonous, corrosive and deeply addictive drug and yet people think he's worth commemorating with special bank notes and venerating as a legend. If he'd been addicted to heroin, would you feel the same? There's not much difference, really, in terms of the potential for life-sapping addiction and damage to people around him. Double standards at work, methinks.