Sark should never have allowed itself to become so dependent on those wierd characters in my opinion.
What will Jersey do when the banks decide to, "Throw their toys out of the pram"?
(Wow, I didn't think I would ever agree with you, Fritz, but I do now - or at least to some extent !)
That is exactly why we feel "Jersey should never have allowed itself to become" so dependent on the finance industry ! I paraphrase you, but immediately want to correct you, though ... It is not the Sark and Jersey people that allowed themselves to become so dependent; it is the ruling class that allowed it.
I do believe a lot of people truly thought the Barclay brothers were philanthropists, that's how they have been pictured all along. I seriously doubted their motives were that altruistic and, unfortunately, their actions now clearly show that their "philanthropy" had nothing do to with love and sympathy for the common man!
It is the very same ambiguity we have here in Jersey. Of course, we should be grateful for the finance industry and the rich providing so many of us with jobs and an income. However, many of us pay a very big price for it - both literally and metaphorically - and it just leaves a very nasty taste in my mouth, to be honest !