"They are the servants now".Full story.
That's the nub of Gordon Brown's vision for our banks, as outlined in an article he's written for the Observer newspaper.
Which in a sense is a statement of the obvious, since almost no British bank would be alive today if it weren't for the support of British taxpayers in the form of loans, guarantees and investment from us.
But what's striking is that although he has extraordinary and perhaps unprecedented power over the banks, the prime minister's programme of change for the banking system is strikingly conservative (small "c").
And much of what he's suggesting will be seen as closing a stable door that was left wide open during his many years as chancellor.