I’m still in New York – back tomorrow – where the story playing biggest right this moment is about the Goldman executives who are testifying in front of the Senate.

Of the various things which are astonishing about Goldman, one aspect which really stands out is their demeanour. They really do a very convincing impersonation not just of not giving a shit, but of seeming to go out of their way to be disliked. It reminds me of the Millwall FC ethos, summed up in their song:

You don’t like us
No one likes us
No one likes us
[with inhuman ferocity] We don’t care!
We are Millwall
Super Millwall
We are Millwall
From the Den.

In fact, replace ‘Millwall’ with ‘Goldman’ and you can still sing it. Surely no coincidence. Or maybe a more apposite chant would be the rondo Leeds fans used to sing in the 1970s: ‘We are e–vil, yes we are e–vil.’

I’ve had two conversations in the last few days with money people who bitterly resent the damage that Goldman’s severe case of fuckyouitis is doing to the rest of the industry. I’m not surprised. If I were a banker it would worry me too. They are trashing the reputation of the whole business, at a time when it is anyway at an all-time low.

Strange that banker-bashing hasn’t played more of a role in the election, given how unpopular the banksters are. Perhaps the Tories and Labour both tend to lay off it, on the basis that it plays well for the Lib Dems, who are the only party with deniability when it comes to the last three decades of regulatory free-for-all. Maybe tomorrow, when the Goldman guys’ testimony hits the papers, it will kick off.