>I suppose the decision to give up half his pension in order to return to the UK is up to Fred Goodwin, but as I blogged at the time (and I wasn’t the only one) I felt a more interesting aspect was that it exposed the desire of the NuLab bastards and some of their supporters to flush away the inconvenience of contract law, and to turn Goodwin into a scapegoat to hand to an angry public. Now despite my lack of any affection for Fred The Shred – I actually said I hoped he’d fall down the stairs and land on his balls – I was very much on his side about this because he had a fucking contract, despite which the grinning mutation’s celebrity lawyer wife was set on him in a litigation friendly jurisdiction that really had nothing to do with it. Oh, and Broon and Harperson wittering on about the court of public opinion and how unacceptable it was.
Worth noting also that this is another disgusting example of litigation tourism. Everyone involved is British but it’s going to be heard in the US. Why? The bank is a UK bank, Fred The Shred is British, and the workers/pensioners who have paid into the funds must be British, or at least UK residents, because the funds are for local authorities. Even the legal representative they’ve hired is British. On the face of it that means it’s got fuck all to do with America, so why not hear it in Britain?
… It’s because they think the US system is more likely to find in their favour, and given that the Yanks are known for such legal gems as suing McDonalds for the coffee being hot I’m prepared to believe it. Basically it seems that you get money if you can look tearful but honest while you stand in front of a jury and say that you didn’t get hurt/lose money because you’re a phenomenally stupid cunt, but because they didn’t take into account that you’re a phenomenally stupid cunt. Personally I think that if you’re going to find in favour of stupid cunts then it’s only fair to allow a counter suit that the previous plaintiff didn’t give fair warning that they’re a stupid cunt by wearing a sign stating it clearly and unequivocally. Or perhaps some sort of hat?
And then there’s the reason for the suit; hubris. So if there was a Prime Minister who previously served a decade as Chancellor of the Exchequer during which time they claimed to have abolished boom and bust fifteen or twenty times, and is now frantically lurching about pointing fingers and blaming every fucker but the one in the mirror, would that be at all hubristic? Could this hypothetical fuckwit be sued?
What about all the fucking National Insurance contributions I’ve paid over the years? Don’t answer, I already know. It’s gone, disappeared, vanished. Spent as part of general tax revenue rather than invested for my future as a pension should be, and I can go whistle if I want a penny of it back. And what if my private pension arrangements were devalued years ago as one of the first acts of a new Chancellor who’d go on to claim he’d abolished boom and bust at least once a year for the next twelve years? Could I sue? Could we all? A class action of millions of people who got fucked in 1997 and haven’t stopped being fucked since? Of course, that wouldn’t really have affected us all if we’d worked somewhere in the public sector, like for instance North Yorkshire or Merseyside councils, the two plaintiffs going after RBS and Fred The Shred.
Honest to fuck, the stench of the hypocrisy is enough to make you vomit. Public sector pensions have been protected by government while government has systematically looted and rooted private schemes, and the bastard responsible is capable of hubris that makes Fred The Shred look possessed of saintly modesty by comparison. Now the boot’s on the other foot they’ve found a lawyer and Googled “where’s best to win a law suit”. Cunts.
Most annoying of all, before there was this desperation to make Fred Goodwin the symbol of hatred, target du jour for retribution and designated culprit of the entire banking balls up (without even the slightest nod to the role of HM Government and the FSA) I was quite comfortable despising the prick. I don’t want to take the side of someone I think is a smarmy arsehole, but when people openly plan to change the law so contracts can be torn up retrospectively and sue because they couldn’t be arsed to make their own judgements about the risk their investment was running I can’t help but feel some sympathy. This whole get-Fred-at-any-cost mentality is pretty un-edifying and smacks slightly of dodgy coppers in the 1970s fitting up the most convenient suspect because they must have done it, and even if they didn’t they’re sure as fuck guilty of something.
So it’s something of a disappointment to hear that he’s so desperate to return from his
long three months or so exile somewhere fucking awful in the sunshine of the French Riviera. Is the man fucking mad? Firstly, prick though he is he’d negotiated a contract and that’s the end of it. I worry for the future of contracts in the UK if someone can effectively be bullied by the government, their media drones and a stirred up public into giving up like this. Honestly, the fucking Mafia couldn’t have done a better job. Secondly, Fred must have been in the sunshine long enough to lose his senses if he imagines for a second that anything short of giving up every penny will placate some of those involved in the Two Minute Hate.
Rob MacGregor, national officer of union Unite, said: “For the diabolical failure, by Fred Goodwin, which led to the near collapse of RBS this small gesture represents only a fraction of the massive pension that he is walking away with. Goodwin will still enjoy a very comfortable future at the expense of the taxpayer.
“This decision to repay some of the massive pension pot he has taken will do nothing for the thousands of staff who have already lost their jobs within RBS. Also many thousands more employees face an uncertain future, while the person whose misjudgement and greed caused their misery enjoys a life of luxury.”
Oh fuck off, Rob. We’ve all seen how socialists behave with money when they get the chance. So why not take your opinions round to, oooh, say the Kinnocks’ house? I suggest you bring up the pensions they’ve amassed for being respectively a serial election loser, unelected EU apparatchik and unelected Lord, or in her case an MEP guaranteed her seat by being at the top of her party list, unelected
Lord Lady, whwtaver (I really don’t give a shit) and instant Minister in the fucking Cabinet. I’d also suggest both you and the pair of them fuck yourselves with a vinegar soaked belt sander.
And Fred? You won’t be welcome there yet, and probably not ever. Do what you want with the money – keep it, give it up, take it and give it to charity, whatever. But coming back will only get bricks thrown through windows and your kids bullied at school again. Accept it, give up on the UK at least for another few years, and learn to like where you are. Oh, and grow a pair of balls, eh…
… and then fall down the stairs and land on ’em.