BBC reporters were left speechless when Trader Alessio Rastani appeared last night saying he “goes to bed every night dreaming of another recession”.

People commenting on Rastani’s Facebook page called him a “muppet”, a “nasty little self-publicist” and a “totally honest bastard who wants to rise to the top of [on] the rest of the world’s misery.” Another said he should die.

But then some suggested he was a member of Yes Men, a collective of impersonators who carry out elaborate hoaxes.

In the interview he claims that “governments do not rule the world, Goldman Sachs rules the world” and tells people that they can make money from the recession.

He says: “I’m a trader. If I see an opportunity to make money I go with that. For most traders, we don’t really care that much about how they’re going to fix the economy, our job is to make money from it.

“And personally I’ve been dreaming of this moment for three years. I have a confession, which is I go to bed every night and I dream of another recession. I dream of another moment like this.

“Why? Because, people don’t seem to remember, but the thirties depression wasn’t just about a market crash, there were some people who were prepared to make money from that crash. I think anybody can do that, it isn’t for some people in the elite. Anybody can do that, it’s an opportunity.”

The interviewer says: “If you could see the people around me, jaws have collectively dropped at what you’ve just said.”

Rastani finishes his interview with: “This is just the beginning. Be prepared. Act now.”

Check out Rastani’s BBC appearance here: