Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Faint? Whaddya Mean, Faint?!

The news broke last week that Fred "The Shred" Goodwin is back in gainful employment after a year kicking his heels and living off the vast pension that you apparently deserve if you royally mess up the bank that you run. And there was us thinking that pensions are for people who have retired.

Widespread outrage greeted this news, but was not matched by government action to recover the public dosh that Fred stuffed into his pockets. Do our politicians not feel as strongly about this as the rest of us mere mortals?

Apparently not. According to the article linked above, Michael Connarty, Labour MP for Linlithgow and East Falkirk, said the appointment was "odd", while Margo MacDonald, independent MSP for the Lothians, said she felt "faint disgust".

"Faint" is defined by the Chambers dictionary as "weak in spirit", or from an online search as "barely perceptible".

Good to see such passion in our political representatives. Or is strong denunciation and stern action something they reserve for asylum seekers and benefit cheats?