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Unprecedented!  That was the mantra of the broadcasters, pundits and newspapers throughout September, as the credit crisis took a dark turn.  Credit markets (mortgages, loans for cars and goods, company bonds and overdrafts) just dried up.  Banks stopped lending even to each other.  Liquidity disappeared like water into the Sahara desert.  Interest rates rocketed despite the best efforts of the central banks to provide unlimited credit at almost any price.  The capitalist financial machine seized up.  Banks started to go bust and even countries went bankrupt (Iceland).  Nothing has ever been seen like it – for the first time in the hyperbole of the news media, it really was unprecedented.