Banks have only themselves to blame for the collapse of the sector, according to an influential committee of MPs, tells us. Is that right?

In its second report on the banking crisis, the Treasury committee said the culture of risk-taking in the British banking industry had led to the meltdown of the financial system. And where did this culture come from?

It said the “astonishing mess” was created not only by bankers, but also by the supervisory system put in place to protect the public. And who recommended such a system? Basel, Basel II and the OECD.

Set up for a fall? Without a doubt. But that is not how the history books will be written.

This from Washington’s Blog may change your mind, especially the link at the end.

AP writes:

The Group of 20 countries have made the [IMF] the linchpin in their efforts to combat the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression

The Washington Post notes:

Global financial chiefs agreed yesterday to reshape the International Monetary Fund, moving to broaden its mission …

The IMF, which in recent years had become largely an advisory body to nations in crisis, will now be charged with aggressive monitoring of the global economy. Underscoring that role, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said yesterday that Washington had consented to a rigorous IMF review of the U.S. financial system for the first time since the fund was created at the end of World War II.

(Actually, the IMF began the review last year - under the condition that the results not be released until Bush was out of office).

So the IMF appears to have become the world’s global financial cop.

The IMF will also, apparently, sell treasury-like bonds to raise money for loans it makes to ailing countries. This ties into statements some time ago by an economist that investors would eventually buy IMF bonds as a safe-haven investment, thus quickening the shift away from the dollar and American treasuries as reserve currency and safe-haven investments.

As previously noted, the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights currency may replace the dollar as world reserve currency.

Indeed, the Telegraph’s lead financial writer Ambrose Evans-Pritchard argues that “the world is a step closer to a global currency, backed by a global central bank, running monetary policy for all humanity.”

Note: I have no idea whether or not Ellen Brown is correct that the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has been, and will continue to be, the real power behind the throne.

And yes, it was all analysed by the BoE back in 2001.