In nature, ravaging fires or storms ultimately have a salutary effect on the whole eco-system. It enables the clear-out of overgrown flora and the destruction of unhealthy plants or animals and parasites. This in turn allows for new life to grow stronger, healthier, in a cleansed environment promoting evolution. In the financial world, it seems, things are quite different. Whilst a survival of the fittest is still the overriding trend, politics, connections and critical mass, even if parasitical and flawed, enable the less fit to live on.