Replace bank chiefs with small dogs: Chinese top economist

China's former chief economist has excoriated the nation's banking system, which charges high fees and maintains a greedy-large gap between its deposit interest and lending interest rates.

Such a business provides no value, and is merely parasitic on the people: "With this kind of operational model, banks will continue making money even if all the bank presidents go home to sleep and you replaced them by putting a small dog in their seats."

As always, Terry Pratchett was way ahead of the game, proposing exactly this solution in the his brilliant 2007 novel Making Money.

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