Can any of you banking geniuses explain to this economist why we are being told it is inevitable that interest rates are going to go up next week? Interest rates are used to reign in consumer and business confidence and therefore inflation caused by optimistic pressure. Do the fat cats on $250,000+ wages not realise that the current inflationary pressure is not caused by optimism but by uncontrolled high prices on two essential staples - oil and food. So if people already have less disposable income because of higher prices what sense is there in leaving them with less in the form of higher interest repayments? Huh, huh, huh??????