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Re: Sir Fred Goodwin:--should Gordon Brown shred the "Sir"? by bIG bLOGGER on 4 March 2009 4:24pm
Yes,Linda,you're quite right,it's relevant to drag that old one up in this connection. It was in fact Cedric Brown,the former Chief Exectutive of British Gas. It produced the incredible piece by Nigel Cope in The Independent:-

"Controversy over fat cats dogs Brown to the end"
(The Independent/May 1,1996)which is well worthy of THE SUN!
I can't remember all the details of the case,but I think after much protest he had to eat some humble pie. Would that 'Sir' Fred would do the same!!


David Best,from Abergavenny,Gwent, wrote to The GUARDIAN on Sat 28 February,2009:
"Sir Fred says he will not reconsider the award despite presiding over the country's largest corporate loss. Faced with this refusal,is it not appropriate to strip Sir Fred of his title? A message needs to be sent by the government that they expect better from a man who has been honoured. At the least,if Sir Fred is to keep his money,he should be just called Fred."

(or maybe: "Fred The Bread"?)
Lesley Cunneen wrote to The GUARDIAN from Norwich:
"Ministers order Sharon Shoesmith (Haringey Council's axed chief of children's services) to be sacked without compensation or a pension,and it's done. Ministers ask for Fred Goodwin to be removed from his post and he gets a pension beyond the dreams of avarice.
So is this the more equal society New Labour promised us?"

Matthew Handy of Harrogate wrote on February 28 to THE TIMES:
"Sir,I associate knights with gallantry,valour and courage. I associate Sir Fred Goodwin with greed,destruction and failure. He brought a bank to its knees. He may even have brought a government to its knees.It is too early to tell just how
damaging his tenure of RBS was.
We generally abide by the convention that statues are not erected until the subject has been dead for a decade.This is to give us time fully to reflect on the life and work of the person whose memory we honour. Should we not establish a convention that knighthoods are not given at least until the recipient's career has successfully ended?
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