Sir Fred was not a good man -
He had his little ways.
And sometimes no one spoke to him
For days and days and days.
And men who came across him,
When walking in the town,
Gave him a supercilious stare,
Or passed with noses in the air -
And bad Sir Fred stood dumbly there,
Blushing beneath his frown.
Sir Fred was not a good man,
And no good friends had he.
He stayed in every afternoon ...
But no one came to tea.
And, round about December,
The cards upon his shelf
Which wished him lots of Christmas cheer,
And fortune for the coming year,
Were never from his near and dear,
But only from himself.
(Apologies to AAMilne...)
The fourth post ever on this blog in which I say Sir Fred Goodwin should be sacked for cause and denied his retirement benefits. I argue he is (now was) the worst CEO of any major bank anywhere.
And the end game as reported by FTAlphaville: Introducing Mr Fred Goodwin - Former Knights of the Bachelor...
I don't grudge you your bragging rights, but there is always a story behind the non-story.
"...a move that David Cameron hopes will deflect ongoing public anger over high bonuses at the state-controlled bank."
I thought this headline from the Guardian was in the spirit of this post:
"Goodwin joins Mugabe, Mussolini and Ceausescu"
Although I feel a degree of Schadenfreund at this, there is a deeper more concerning undercurrent, which is the continued demonisation not just of bankers, but also of high-earners in the UK.
This will prove very damaging to the country and will likely deter many others from either coming to the UK or taking high profile roles here.
This has been nothing short of mob rule.
"This has been nothing short of mob rule."
I am not sure that a British Tory PM rapping the knuckles of some naughty banker ranks with the French Revolution.
In the end though, King John got his his big, red india-rubber ball.
I was starting to wonder what was happening with the old axe to grind. Anything new on Sheila?
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