I ask this because Richard Murphy and the folks at "Tax Justice Network" think that the UK is a finance dependent economy. And of course that doing that moving-money-around business that we've been doing since the 18th century is damaging our economy.
Just for clarity - according to UKTI:
The financial services industry accounted for 10% of UK GDP and 11% of UK tax receipts.
That's it? We're a 'finance dependent economy' at 10% of GDP?
This, it seems to me, is a load of nonsense (something Mr Murphy seems to specialise in) - especially since manufacturing - you know we don't make things anymore, don't you - accounts for a mere 12% of GDP.
This "Finance Curse" is just ideology looking for a theory and then making up some statistics to fit the resulting bias.