A WUNCH OF BANKERS

Life & Style Weekend - - RELAX - Daniel Zif­fer

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Af­ter cov­er­ing last year’s banking royal com­mis­sion, I never thought I’d want to read an­other word about it, but read­ing this book is like be­ing next to the naughty school­boy. The re­sult is hugely en­ter­tain­ing but also af­fect­ing as Mel­bourne jour­nal­ist Daniel Zif­fer’s light touch re­minds us this was about nor­mal peo­ple who were im­pacted by bank wrong­do­ing. The book works bril­liantly as a guided tour through the sor­did de­tails of the royal com­mis­sion as he em­braces the pet­ti­ness and ab­sur­dity of the ex­cuse mak­ing of many of the ma­jor play­ers. Where the banks and other fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions were so tone deaf, Zif­fer’s ear is pitch per­fect, show­ing warmth and re­spect to those who were done over as well as piquing the phoni­ness of ex­cuses by the in­sti­tu­tions. Noth­ing is sa­cred — from the ex­tremes of cor­po­rate lies and cover-ups to laugh­ing at pompous CEO sig­na­tures. Zif­fer’s book has what the banking sys­tem was shown to lack — a moral com­pass and real heart.

JEFF WHALLEY VER­DICT: In­sight­ful

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