Today, in many ways, marks the beginning of the end of the financial crisis. It's symbolic because shares in Lloyds Banking Group have risen enough to allow the Government to make a small profit on the six per cent stake it sold off today.
This is the first payout for taxpayers following the 2008 bailout of Lloyds bank, which of course was carried out by the Labour government at the time and they're now claiming vindication of that policy.
However, taxpayers still have a significant stake of more than 30 per cent in Lloyds.
There's a political angle going on here too and the Chancellor, George Osborne, is trying to keep this momentum flowing in his party's direction following his recent speech in which he stated that the economy had turned the corner.
Chancellor tells ITV News the sale of £3.21bn worth of Lloyds shares will not necessarily trickle down to struggling households.
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