Accidental and Inadvertent
In John Lanchester’s perfectly explanatory LRB piece about finance in general and Northern Rock in particular, there was an interesting parenthesis:
“It may turn out the government has no choice but to announce that it has (accidentally and inadvertently) nationalised the Rock.” (from John Lanchester, “Cityphilia”, London Review of Books, January 3 2008)
Well, it happened. Who knows. Maybe real socialism will come one day as an unintended surprise from the financial services industry.