In all the doom and gloom of cuts and hardtimes ahead etc to my knowledge no public figure has yet said what will happen to our deficit when the banks and stock markets become profitable again. As a complete biff in this area I am assuming that surely a good deal of the pain will disappear when the likes of HSBC, RBS and Lloyds start turning profits again. What I can't understand is why noone at the top (like Vince Cable for example) is explaining what the impact of such positive events would have on our national debt. I'm also concerned that the government will do a Gorgon Broon (gold reserves!) and sell the banks at their lowest price - just before they return to big profits! Can anyone out there, perhaps someone from the city with lots more financial knowledge than me expand on the possibility of paying off the debt through financial institution profit, rather than just cuts?