Anyone else on here think the PM is pissing into the wind a little bit here?
I for one think that Brown is trying to use Fred Goodwin as a bit of a scapegoat for the entire credit crunch here. Now let me state that I have nothing but contempt for Fred Goodwin either, he's obviously a ruthless and greedy bastard with zero morals (and I'm talking about his 8 years in charge of RBS, not the way he's treating his pension entitlement claims), and I think he obviously has nothing to lose in this situation and he knows it. It's not like if he said "ok then, keep the money" he'd suddenly be public hero number 1, as he'd still be blamed for all RBS's problems.
But c'mon Gordon, you're trying to nail a turd to the wall here. Honestly, "seeking legal advice" is probably going to get you bloody nowhere. Goodwin made all his deals years ago regarding payments and pensions, and there's going to be all sorts of cast iron clauses protecting it (FFS, he was in charge of the UK's biggest bank, he's not thick!). And whilst he is indeed a greedy and ruthless git, Fred Goodwin was managing RBS in an economic era governed by Gordon Brown himself as Chancellor of the Exchequer. By trying to blame Fred Goodwin for everything, Brown is indirectly pointing the finger of blame back at himself in an enormous way, as it was his reckless approach to the economy that promoted all the banks to act in the way they did. He'd have done FAR better to have kept this one quiet from the public, as it is backfiring on him spectacularly!
Don't get me wrong, as a taxpayer and therefore shareholder in RBS (as well as sadly a customer!) I would love for Fred Goodwin to turn around, apologise, hand his pension back etc. But it ain't gonna happen! All that is going to happen is for Gordon Brown to show us he's even more of an incompetent idiot than we already thought he was!