So opinion is divided on the stripping of Mr Goodwin’s peerage. Since it was ‘awarded’ for services to banking, my personal take is that he should never have been given it in the first place. Any comfort to be derived from this retraction is cold IMHO.
What does give me ‘paws’ for thought however is the case of Gorbals Mick.
Michael Martin was the first speaker for 300 years to be forced to resign in disgrace from the house. He used expenses as a perk including chauffeur driven cars to the football and the job centre among many fraudulent claims. All the while, getting high and mighty with the other trough snouting members of the HOC over their transgressions.
So what does PM ‘Pa Bruin’, the One Eyed Gormless Gurner do? He gets Harpie Harman to make sure the reprobate is given a seat in the Lords!!! Hello 28K a year in expenses and a sweet 1.4 million pension. The whole thing being rushed through on the QT and the bestowing of the ermine (cousin Frank I think it was) done in a closed door session by I am certain, a very disgruntled Aunty Liz.
So if Fred Goodwin has had his gong withdrawn for doing what every other fat cat financier was doing, then surely Gorbals Mick is guilty of a far greater miscarriage. Nes Pas?
So we reward theft, dishonesty and incompetence with a title, a sleeping post for life and a mahoosive pension to boot? Perhaps Micky boy knew far too many facts about his fellows to be simply cast out on the steps.