An odd thing about the G20 protests

I’m lucky enough to be married to someone who often forces me to take a reality check when I start to think about conspiracies.

She’s very ‘grounded’ and if she thinks an idea is bonkers then I usually trust her judgement.

However, when even she wonders why the Police kettled G20 protestors outside the defenceless RBS building I start to think that maybe some conspiracies might not just be theoretical…

It’s almost as if someone wanted some trouble to kick off.

Carry on flogging

So, angry shareholders have expressed their feelings at the RBS annual meeting in Edinburgh.

Current chairman Sir Philip Hampton asked for an “end to the public flogging” over its past mistakes.

It’s all well and good to say that, but it’s yet another ‘Sir’ who’s not short of a bob or two, to say the least, telling people who’ve lost a lot of money to stop making a fuss.

Moreover, to equate people’s criticisms with some sort of punishment is to belittle the gross misconduct that caused RBS to go tits up.

No-one’s been actually punished for the ‘mistakes’ Sir Philip refers to – in fact, most people can only see rewards for total failure.

Criticism is no substitute for punishment but it’s all the shareholders  have since no-one in government or banking seems to have a fucking clue about how the people who look after our money should be rewarded or punished.

Let them complain and criticise since there’s fuck all else they can do.

It’s over when they say it’s over.

So, I say shut your voicehole, Phil, and listen – so that you’re in no doubt how severely pissed off people are with those who mismanage their money.

Then maybe you won’t fuck up in a similar fashion and you’ll earn your pension.

Meet the new boss…

Somewhat predictably, the series of G20 protests in London seems to have failed to start peacefully, with some of the RBS building’s windows being broken and missiles thrown at the police.

However, if that’s the worst that happens before the protests are through then that’s not too high a price to pay for free speech, not that free speech will be around much if some of the people behind the protesters get their way.

This isn’t really about a motley bunch of anarchists or Trots sounding off against capitalism, it really isn’t.

That’s just camouflage as far as the brains behind it are concerned.

The vast majority of the people in that crowd are just poor bloody cannon fodder.

Once more the ‘Man’ is pushing the buttons and hitting the switches but this time it isn’t the businessmen or the politicians who are pulling the strings.

Instead, it’s the academics and the radical Greens who are pushing their climate change agenda, despite a lack of sound and unequivocal scientific evidence.

This would mean massive and totally unnecessary restrictions on everyone’s lifestyles and the suppression of dissent from anyone who disagrees with them.

And surely, when one of today’s protest leaders can be described as an ‘anarchist professor’ the alarm bells should start ringing in everyone’s head really fucking loudly.

Authoritarianism can be any colour.

Brown, black, red…

…and now it’s going green.

Consensual departure


Former RBS chairman Sir Tom McKillop has been explaining the reasons for Sir Fred Goodwin’s ‘rather generous’ pension settlement.

There was a need to ensure a “consensual departure”.

Sir Tom: We want you to leave without spilling your guts, Fred, so here’s an obscene shitload of money.

Sir Fred: Ta very muchly.

Sir Tom: That’s that then. Shall I get Myners to bring us a brandy?

Harriet No-mates

It looks as if people are starting to distance themselves from Gauleiter Harman as quickly as you would from an elephant with projectile diarrhoea…

Yes, the Sir Fred Goodwin pension story still reverberates through the various news media as people respond to Harman’s statement yesterday that:

“The prime minister has said that it is not acceptable and therefore it will not be accepted.  And it might be enforceable in a court of law, this contract, but it is not enforceable in the court of public opinion and that is where the government steps in.”

As I blogged yesterday, if there is some sort of move to introduce a law that will retrospectively scupper Sir Fred’s contract then we’re on a very slippery slope indeed.

However, according to the BBC, Gordon Brown himself has stated that:

lawyers were looking at details of the deal

but that he

did not repeat Harriet Harman’s suggestion a new law could be passed to stop Sir Fred getting it.

It seems as if fellow cabinet members aren’t too keen on rallying round ‘Typhoid’ Harman, either:

Jacqui Smith was asked on Sky News whether the cabinet agreed on the need to pass a law to retrospectively claw the money back from Sir Fred.

She said: “There is complete cabinet agreement that there can not be rewards for failure in the banking system or any other part of the business system.”

And she added: “I think we all know what we think Fred Goodwin should do in these circumstances – I suspect he knows as well, I hope he does it.”

Even Lib Dem leader Vince Cable waded in – but he always seems to have something to say, doesn’t he?

“I really don’t know whether she’s thought this thing through at all,” he said.

“Either the government will just have to lump it or do what I think is probably more appropriate which is simply to not pay and leave him to challenge it.”

A novel approach, I suppose…basically do fuck all and see what happens.

It has a strange appeal.

The Tories have been strangely quiet, although I’d bet good money that they see the whole affair as being a good source of rope for somebody to hang themselves with.

After all, at the end of the day, the whole Sir Fred Goodman scandal is of the government’s making – if they’d been on top of things in the first place then the incompetent RBS boss could have been out on his arse with a £20 000 a year pension.

To be frank, fuck Sir Fred and his pension – let’s nail the negligent cocksucker who was incompetent enough to allow him to get away with it in the first place.

What people seem to be refusing to touch with a 10 foot pole is Harman’s suggestion that if the government fucks up then all it has to do is get its MPs to vote for a law to rectify its mistakes.

We seem to be living in a political and financial climate where accountability seems to be in desperately short supply and it’s getting scarcer.

What Harman is suggesting is going to make any governmental accountability that is left disappear completely and forever.

And there won’t be a fucking thing we can do about it – even in ‘the court of public opinion’…

What did Harman really say?

You divert him with your fishing story and I’ll grab his dosh…


Harriet Harman has said former Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) chief Sir Fred Goodwin should not “count on” keeping his full £650,000 a year pension.

The deputy Labour leader described the pension settlement – agreed by the RBS board – as “money for nothing”.

The sum was unacceptable in “the court of public opinion,” she told the BBC, and the government “would step in”.

“The court of public opinion”?

Yes, it exists but has absolutely zero fucking clout.

If it had, you’d have been lynched fucking years ago, Harriet.

I actually find this statement by a Cabinet member very worrying.

Like it or not, Goodwin had a legal contract that passed scrutiny (including that of our Government) at the time of signing.

Is Harman saying that the government is going to step in and fuck around with that contract?

If so, what’s to stop the government fucking around with any contract?

If that happens then our Government is placing itself above the law, and it won’t only be Sir Fred who’s threatened, but all of us.

Welcome to fascism – Nu Labour stylee…

Leave Sir Fred the fuck alone

Sir Fred Goodwin – or Fred the Shred as he has so wittily been christened by certain sections of the media – has been in the news a lot lately and, quite frankly, it’s pissing me off a bit.

It’s not because he’s managed to trouser a £16 million pension pot with the aid, so it appears, of government approval or, rather, lack of awareness of what they were approving.

It’s not because he was undoubtedly responsible for fucking up one of the nation’s biggest banks.

It’s not even because he’s refused to give any of this rather large wedge back to the RBS or the taxpayer or Gordon Fucking Brown – whoever he’s supposed to give it back to.

No, it’s because everyone seems to have lost all sense of fucking proportion in reacting to his pension deal.

It’s a poxy £16 million, which is chump change compared to the billions upon billions that the government has poured into rescuing the ailing banking system of this country.

Oh, some people might say, but it’s so wrong for him to have so much when others have so little.

Well, the deal is supposedly legal and watertight with government approval so Goodwin’s quite within his rights to go tell anyone asking for any or some of it back to go piss up a rope.

Oh, and has he no shame?

OK, he might, in the view of some, be under some sort of moral obligation to give some or all of it back, but the last time I looked, morals  weren’t legally binding.

Shame tends to evaporate in the harsh glare of a crock of gold worth £16 million…

But there’s something else here – a note of envy and a sense that we’ve all been had.

Well, here’s some fucking news – we’ve all been had for fucking years and if we hadn’t been conned and buggered about by so many people we’d all be a lot better off right fucking now…

How so?

Every day, we are subsidising people as morally bankrupt as Sir Fred – but people who have no legal defence whatsoever for ripping off the majority of the great British public.

Shoplifters – these people (including some shop staff) are responsible for retail ‘shrinkage’ of over £4 billion pounds per annum. That’s £4 billion that retailers make up by marking up prices to minimise the effects on their profits.

We are subsidising shop theft and fraud on a grand scale.

Benefit fraud and errors cost us over £3 billion a year – not all of it due to people sponging off the State illegally admittedly but still an amount of money that dwarfs Goodwin’s pension arrangements.

The cost of policing crime – no crime, no police costs.

I have no readily available figure, but it must run into billions in police wages alone.

So, for years and years we’ve been subsidising the dishonest who have clearly broken laws that have cost us of billions upon billions of our shrinking British pounds to investigate, pursue and bring to trial.

Insurance – insurance companies pay out for cases of theft, but we pay increased premiums to cover this.

Dodgy businessmen who provide substandard products and services – and sometimes no products and services – after being paid by customers and who can then dissolve their business with no legal redress and then open up the same business with a different name and start all over again.

And it’s all perfectly ‘legal’ – with little protection for the consumer by the government.

Add to that the waste and reckless expenditure by incompetent civil servants approved by incompetent ministers – computer systems that don’t work, sales of gold at its lowest price and an unwieldy and inefficient system of implementing the laws and reguilations that should be actually saving us money – and we have a total amount of billions and billions that makes Goodwin’s pension pot look like a quick piss in the ocean.

Claw back Goodwin’s pissant £16 million and where the fuck is that going to go? What’s it going to be used for? It sure isn’t going to be spreading the wealth is it? It works out at about 25p per person.

However, clamp down on public dishonesty and government waste and inefficiency and you’re talking useful sums of money that would benefit people in a significant way and inject real money into the economy.

And what to do with Goodwin?

Just leave the fucker alone – he’s just one of many who’ve managed to prosper at the expense of other people and who’ve fucked up the system they were trusted to run.

I would imagine that he’s pretty much unemployable and he will continue to be a cunt, but a cunt that we could waste precious energy pursuing.

What about the many thousands of shonky, workshy, cheating, robbing, conning cunts that live amongst us?

They’re a far worse threat to our individual prosperity.

Let’s start raking back money from them – or at least stop spending money on them.


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…