We can help the failing UK banking sector to the eventual tune of £1.3 trillion but we can’t spare a poxy £30 million to save 6000 jobs with the van manufacturers LDV?

The bankers’ bonuses of £340 million that the taxpayer is now funding at RBS would pay this paltry amount and leave plenty over.

Talk about fucked up…

In defence of greedy bankers

I’m guessing that some of the least popular people in the country at the moment are probably bankers

I’m inclined to think of it all as water under the bridge and fervently hope that we learn from all the mistakes that the government and the general public – as well as the bankers – have made over the past decade.

Certainly the thought that one billion of the £22 billion with which the taxpayer has bailed out the Royal Bank of Scotland is going to be pissed up the wall as undeserved bonuses sticks in the craw a bit, but if that’s what’s legally due to the lucky recipients then so be it.

As long as any future bonuses have to be earned and deserved then why not have them, if they attract competent people to run our banks?

What is rather alarming are comments such as these from the BBC’s Have Your Say pages:

Apology not accepted they should have all their assets siezed
Then throw them in jail.They are scum.

robb, crawley

Why dont you do the decent thing, and donate ALL the bonuses to charity?

You sycophants have it too good for too long.

You are an outrage to human decency.

Anthony, WALES

How can you condone such large bonuses?? People are lucky just to be in work nowadays. Why has it taken so long for an apology to the population too?? If this was the 17th Century, you would have been to get away with this with your LIVES!! Why do you give credit etc so easily? Greed has caused this problem. Finally bit us on the ass……………………

Carole Young

As incompetent and reckless as the disgraced bankers may have been, didn’t the public play some part in creating the huge bubble that burst last year?

I think you’ll find that it’s they who had the ultimate choice of whether we built up such a vast amount of credit or lived slightly more within our means.

It’s akin to the cases you hear about when smokers with terminal lung cancer try and sue the tobacco companies for selling a carcinogenic product.

Basically – and I’m a career smoker – they have no one to blame but themselves.

Tough shit.

End of.

Let’s look to the future – that’s where any hope lies.