Today our hysterical political class has taken to threatening Sir Fred Goodwin with legislation unless he waives his pension.
Vince Cable, who now appears to speak for the nation, claimed that “nobody disputes that Sir Fred should be deprived of his pension.” This is a severe case of Liberal ‘me-too-ing’ and pandering to what it believes to be popular opinion. Vince Cables’ recent stature on economic affairs has evidentally gone to his head.
However, even this headline-grabbing junky stops short of Harriet Harmon’s desperate attempt to prop up her lame government with the threat of legislation. She added, “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.”
What a disgraceful, feeble comment. I’m sorry, but since when has the government ‘stepped in’ to supersede decisions made by private companies on the pension arrangements of employees?
Meanwhile the former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott revealed his position: “I believe basically take it off him and let him sue in the courts.” These are bully-boy tactics from a typical socialist thug designed to deflect from the major policy errors of his government. And I’m glad he said it, as it does no credit to his case.
Slightly aside. This is indicative of why this Government is ten points behind in the opinion polls and almost certain to lose its majority when it finally calls an election. This is knee-jerk politics at its best, or worst, depending on how you look at it.