Barclays v Cameron and Clegg
For banks that emerged in reasonable shape from the 2008 financial earthquake, 2010 looks set to be a return to a time of blissful profit.
Pre-tax profits for Barclays in the first three months of the year almost doubled on an underlying basis - and at £1.8bn may well be a record performance.
Believe it or not, Barclays says it can't be sure whether this is the best or second-best performance ever, because it hasn't been reporting on a quarterly all that long.
It's possible that in the boom or bubble year of 2007, it did a bit better - which some may say is a slightly ill augury, though I'm sure Barclays would insist that it isn't taking the kind of silly risks that all banks were taking in 2007.
There are two striking trends: like Lloyds, the rate at which loans and investments are going bad has been falling sharply. The charge for loans and investments going bad is down by almost a third to £1.5bn.
And the profits of its investment bank, Barcap, stand out, surging 47% to £1.5bn.
Later today, Barclays chairman Marcus Agius will tell the banks' annual meeting that Barclays is proof of the strength of the so-called universal banking model.
He'll in effect be saying that both David Cameron and Nick Clegg were wrong last night when in the prime-ministerial debate they called for banks that look after retail savings to be banned from engaging in so-called casino investment banking.
And by the way, Agius will also give succour to Gordon Brown - who defended big banks - in a second way, by saying that he fears the unilateral imposition of a new tax on banks would be damaging for the City and for the UK: the Lib Dems and the Tories, unlike Labour, would impose such a tax, irrespective of what other countries do.
Mr Brown hasn't had the best press in the past couple of days, and will doubtless embrace support from more-or-less any quarter. That said, and charming though Mr Agius is, "Big Banker backs Brown" is probably not a headline that would win many votes for Labour.
Which, in a way, is the nub of the matter.
Banks have been repairing their balance sheets and their profitability; but repairing their battered reputations is very much work in progress.
Central to that will be how Barclays and others manage the contentious element of bankers' pay and bonuses.
Big Barcap profits means big banker remuneration: on average, Barcap's 22,000 employees probably earned just under £70,000 for the past three months toil, which doesn't look too shabby (that's on the basis that Barcap again pays out 38% of its income in remuneration, including bonuses).
I would be staggered if Mr Agius doesn't again say that Barclays is committed to showing restraint in the way it rewards staff: he'll know of course that bankers' idea of restraint is not the same as everyone else's.