- the culture of bonuses rewarding failure must change and
- the conduct of some bank executives (including Sir Fred) deserves further investigation to ascertain what evidence there is of them breaking the law
The 25th anniversary of the beginning of the miners strike led me to call Radio Scotland on the Morning Extra programme this morning. Having been on the picket lines (in my former life as a policeman) at Bilston Glen at the time, I just had to object to the repeated contempt of some very brave people who went to work in the face of extraordinary intimidation and bullying. To hear the presenter and some contributers again and again contemptuously label them as 'scabs' needed a bit of balance. The programme was remarkable for the number of times the current economic downturn (and most of Scotland's other ills) were blamed on Mrs Thatcher. We Scots need to move on.