May 19th, 2011

A Goodwin All Round

Lord Oakeshott, through a proxy, said in the House of Lords earlier:

“Would [the speaker] accept that every taxpayer has a direct public interest in the events leading up to the collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland? So how can it be right for a superinjunction to hide the alleged relationship between Sir Fred Goodwin and a senior colleague? If true it would be a serious breach of corporate governance and not even the Financial Services Authority would know about it.”

In March Guido told you about it, but had to adhere slightly to the courts. Sorry if you couldn’t quite work it out:

“So there was this ****** bloke who worked closely with another ****** colleague, they apparently began an adulterous affair not long after the ****ing crisis of 2008. He went to Court to stop it getting out that he had been banging her. Because he is the most notorious ****** of his generation he also banned references to his profession lest he be identified.”

Well that went well for Fred didn’t it? Worth every penny…


165 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Parliament does have its uses then.

    • 3
      Shredderick says:

      Consider a Super injunction to be a Gag of Honour for the rich.

      Just as an ASBO is a badge of honour for the poor.

      • 9
        Tax Payer says:

        Why is an (alleged) affair between colleagues a “…a serious breach of corporate governance…”?

        • 15
          Sue Perrin-Junsham says:

          Under RBS’s code of conduct, staff are expected to tell management of any relationships which pose a potential conflict of interest

          • Tax Payer says:

            But what is the potential conflict of interest? An affair between colleagues doesn’t automatically create one.

          • Sue Perrin-Junsham says:

            There must have been one – why else take out a Sue Perrin-Junsham

          • Anonymous says:

            I think he was banking a man.

          • Labour sleaze says:

            No but “potentially”it could that’s why it’s worded that way.This appears to be a breach of the code of conduct. What sanctions can they impose? What about his Pension?

          • Maximus, freely associating, says:

            Not inconceivable that it could have been someone not unconnected with RBS finance director Guy Whittaker, who, when asked about the year-end core tier one capital ratio, said “It does begin with a four”.

            My long shot, however, would be the fragrant (“no Permanent Secretary could stand her”) Baroness Shitti Vadera, on the basis of the story here:
            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/8364907/RBS-crisis-FSA-wasnt-worried-as-the-storm-approached.html. And don’t forget Wackypaedia.

          • Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

            Max Farquar has an interesting post nominating his:

            RBS Employee Of The Day

            …where he wonders idly whether or not his selection, Mrs. Susan Bor (sometime Group Resourcing Director), “ever met Sir Fred Goodwin during his spell as Chief Executive at RBS. No particular reason. Just being nosy”.

            Max’s choice of RBS Employee Of The Day sounds an excellent choice :)

        • 20
          Names We Want Names says:

          Indeed. Therein lies a mystery. Lord Oakeshott (and Guido) knows the ID of the senior colleague and the answer to your question. This has the potential to be dynamite and put Sir Fred in the dock.

        • 24
          Anonymous says:

          Because one might help other to thieve, cover up, etc.

          • Tax Payer says:

            They might. But so might colleagues who weren’t having an affair. It happens all the time.

            There’s more to this than even Oakeshott is letting on.

          • Anonymous says:

            There is more chance, when they are into each other, plus black mail.

          • jgm2 says:

            I suppose it’s to banal to suggest that this latest ‘outing’ of Fred Goodwin is just another bout of ‘banker bashing’ to distract from some new fuckwittery?

          • Mike Hunt says:

            Quite possibly.

            The BBBC will then allow some has-been Liebour spokesperson to reinforce the delusion.

          • Banker basher says:

            For banker read RAPIST (witness IMF).

            Send them all down for a year and a half if they confess.

        • 103
          Labour sleaze says:

          Done worry Guido Fred fucking Goodwin is well used to wasting money. Useless incompetent charlatan

        • 119
          You doth protest too much says:

          Who are you shagging Taxpayer?

        • 164
          Susan Bor says:

          He wasn’t banging a man.

          I should know.

    • 7
      Bail Out says:

      So they did it on the office shredder rather than the photocopier?

    • 17
      Anonymous says:

      Was he banking a man or a women?

      • 59
        Anonymous says:

        “He went to Court to stop it getting out that he had been banging her. ” Presumably answers the question.

        • 76
          Anonymous says:

          No really this is what Guido says. A man like Fred would like to boast how many women he had, so it should be a man or transse*ual.

          • Fred the Shred ( knighted by Gordon Brown ) says:

            Gordon knobbed knighted me for services to banking, not bonking.

          • Anonymous says:

            At least this is what I think, I could be wrong.

          • Anonymous says:

            In March 2009 Lord Myners revealed that part of the reason Goodwin’s pension was so large was that RBS treated him as having joined the pension scheme from age 20 (instead of 40, when he actually joined) and ignored contributions to his pension from previous employment.

        • 108
          Labour sleaze says:

          Does this shed any new light on that little incident where someone put his windows in at his home in Edinburgh hmmmm ?

    • 50
      Up sh1t creek says:

    • 72
      Hugh Janus says:

      “Parliament does have its uses then.”

      No need to go over the top Billy. Let’s just say that there are some days when it does less damage than others.

    • 135
      Reality approaches says:

      Guardian reporting super whatsit lifted by High Couirt

  2. 2
    the last quango in paris says:

    hes used to wasting money.

  3. 4
    Anonymous says:

    “Worth every penny” not quite how I would describe Fred or anything to do with him.

    Knighthood for services to the banking industry. Good grief.

    As far as I can see, the only thing worse would be to let McSnot take up the now vacant situation in the IMF.

    • 9
      Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

      The BBC are working on getting their buddy Gordon the top job.

      • 13
        Tax Payer says:

        The US and UK treasury are against him. He has no chance.

        But, it’s fun to see him dance to an ultimate humiliation.

        • 21
          jgm2 says:

          Aye. Obama hates Brown. He (Obama) does have some redeeming qualities.

          • Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

            Anders Borg on Sky last night was in no doubt that Crash would be the wrong man for the job.
            In so many words he blamed Crash for the destruction of the UK economy.

          • Sicko says:

            Crazy name, sensible guy. (I am keeping any lame Star Trek-related witticisms to myself.)

        • 58
          Gene Poole says:

          In total agreement, the lying, two faced nokia throwing bstd needs serious humiliation.

        • 151
          John Bellingham says:

          Gordon Brown should get the job at the IMF. Within a year the Euro will be finished and Europeans will be back where they were in 1945 flogging their daughters for a couple of woodbines.
          At 2000+ to the Renmimbi, the Pound Sterling will be the strongest currency in, er, Britain.

          • Sicko says:

            Terrifyingly plausible. By then the USA will be in no position to pressure the Chinese to devalue the RMB, either. Plenty of fun for the currency traders on the way there, though.

      • 25

        How about Ken Clarke for the job?

        Dave wants shot of him..
        He used to be chancellor. And, unlike Gordon, a successful one.
        And he doesn’t seem too worried about rape.

        He seems perfect to take Strauss-Khan’s place.

        • 52
          Steve Miliband says:

          Don’t you have to be a socialist? Oh hang on a minute

        • 53
          Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

          Are you suggesting that he would be ideal to take Strauss Kahn’s place at the IMF due to his financial acumen or are you suggesting he would be ideal to take Strauss-Kahn’s place at Rikers Island because of his relaxed attitude to rape.

          Now he’s resigned DSK’s biggest decision is whether to join the Aryan Brotherhood, La Eme or the United Blood Nation

          • Colonel Blimp says:

            DSK would not be allowed into the Aryan Brotherhood – he is definitely NOT Aryan, but Semitic.

      • 49
        Anonymous says:

        What is wrong with lobbying for a Briton to take the top job at the IMF?

      • 116
        Nostradamos says:

        I am searching The Book of Revelation to ascertain if there are any prophecies pertaining to Brown becoming head of the IMF.

        • 136
          Beelzebub says:

          “From the depths of hell shall spew forth the Gordon, a diabolical creature of the Evil one. For it is foreseen, that the Gordon will lead the moneylenders and cause much ruin upon the lands. Gold will disappear, money will become worthless. The Gordon will bring curses and ruin upon all. ”

          Revelations, 13. 5

  4. 5

    And the ‘bint’ of the year remains ‘laid back’ about this? :. Was this a joint S/injunction?

  5. 6
    AJP says:

    Who could get in trouble for leaking this? Lord Oakeshott, or the proxy?

    • 14
      Anonymous says:

      Neither. It’s covered by parliamentary privelage.

      • 40
        Selohesra says:

        Why did Oakeshott use a proxy then?

        • 45
          Anonymous says:

          No idea. But they’re both covered, anyway.

          The Speaker would have stopped him (the proxy) if he was out of order or breaking the injunction.

      • 47
        AJP says:

        So any superinjunction can be mentioned and details released in parliament then?

        • 71
          Tax Payer says:

          Theoretically, yes. The Labour M.P. (forget his name) would have named them all if allowed.

          However, the Speaker (in both chambers) doesn’t want that for some spurious reasons – credibility of the courts, dignity of parliament, etc.

          But the principle is clear – the super injunctions have no power in parliament.

        • 97
          Up sh1t creek says:

          If not stopped by the speaker, they can mention what they like in parliament. And, so long as there is press / tv in the chamber, the press can report whatever is said whatever hush-up injunction may have existed.

  6. 8
    les says:

    The question is – is the colleague male or female?

  7. 11
    Hacked-Off says:

    Just a shame that the “every penny” referred to came out of the pockets of the hard-working taxpayers who funded his severance pay and pension

    • 44
      Franky Carson says:

      At least we can take some comfort in knowing that he has lost half his pension. Not surprising. He was in charge of it.

  8. 12

    The Royal Bank of Scotland’s code of conduct recommends that staff inform management about any relationships which pose a potential conflict of interest. It is not known whether Sir Fred revealed details about the alleged relationship to the board.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/8523323/Sir-Fred-Goodwin-obtained-injunction-to-hide-alleged-affair-with-senior-colleague.html

    So much for corporate governance.

  9. 16
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Lets face it , those north of the border have been screwing thos in south for decades.

  10. 19
    Gordon Brown says:

    I knew he was a wrong – un. Luckily I didn’t Knight him.

    • 27

      How’s the job hunting going?
      Any replies yet?

      • 64
        Gordon Brown says:

        CAB, ICI, ITT, BSB, RAC, IBM, ABM, NEC, BAA, LTA, WWF, ABC, DAF, DEF, BRM I’m sure will all get back to me.

        • 149
          Rufus T. Firefly says:

          Try the DWP they might be able to get you a job commensurate with your skills and/or abilities. Municipal Sh*t Shoveller should be right up your street.

    • 34
      Mike Handycock says:

      Did someone say “wrong-un”?

  11. 26
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    At last these are being forced into the open. Wonder when we’ll be able to find out properly about Purcell and Glasgow Council

  12. 28
    Ken Lorp says:

    Guido,

    I thought you were talking about fuckers, not bankers!

  13. 37
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Yawn Yawn Yawn

    Should be more concerned about your lovely Govenment Guido

    Clegg irreversibly damaged
    Vague irreversibly damaged
    Gove irreversibly damaged
    Lansley irreversibly damaged
    Law irreversibly damaged
    Huhne irreversibly damaged
    Waris just damaged

  14. 38
    Trouser Snake Bank plc says:

    Was this a withdrawal or deposit account? Early withdrawals often lead to a loss of interest.

  15. 42
    Postal Vote says:

    No coHunes is taking out an injunction to prevent more print about points transfer

  16. 46
    Captn P says:

    Bit slow lads … Penny is also a womans name …

  17. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Totally off point but it seems Guido’s influence is spreading

    http://blogs.elpais.com/trending-topics/

  18. 56
    Spank Sinatra says:

    One wonders how many points he has on his licence. Just a thought.

  19. 60
    Anonymous says:

    Penny Hughes was after Fred’s time. Try Ellen _______

  20. 61
  21. 62
    Moussa Koussa says:

    you aint seen me -right

  22. 70
    Jonah proclaims to all the World says:

    Why is Gordon telling anyone who will listen that a great world financial disaster is a coming?

    He didn’t spot the last one.

    • 87
      PD77 says:

      Well he wrote about the last one, perhaps he’ll write the sequel? Let’s hope he doesn’t want to do a trilogy!

  23. 75
    Steve Miliband says:

    Surprise, surprise, the Socialist Broadcasting Corporation got their facts wrong

    Average length of sentence for rape is closer to 8 years, rather than 5

    http://fullfact.org/factchecks/ken_clarke_average_rape_prison_sentence_length-2716

    • 83
      Socialists are addicted to lying says:

      Well i’ll go to our back door. Vera Baird QC, ex Labour MP and the former Solicitor General for England and Wales has just been on Boulton saying that Clarke was lying and the average sentence for rape IS five years. Of course Boulton accepted her figures.

      I hope Ken Comes out fighting tonight.

    • 98
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      I read stuff like that yesterday. 5 years is indeed the starting point when there are no aggravating factors. (and such cases could end up as 15 months).

      One would hope an experienced Secretary of State for Justice could point something like that out without mucking things up entirely.

      • 101
        Steve Miliband says:

        He was on the BBC – you only get shouted at, you can’t make a valid point

        • 105
          sockpuppet #4 says:

          He had plenty of time to explain himself yesterday. he ballsed it up himself.

          • Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

            He was ganged up on by a bunch of leftie dykes at Radio 5. Serves the Tories right, they should scrap the TV tax right now.

          • Victim's victim says:

            The moral of the story is when you go on a radio phone in to talk about plea bargains and the lefty female presenter turns it into a phone in on rape, make your excuses and leave. Or you are certain to have to speak to a tearful rape victim who was dragged through the courts for over a year (which is impossible anyway) and whatever you say will not be acceptable.

    • 124
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      I’ve looked up the transcript and BBC got most of their facts right – they used the word “average” once. If you look into the detail of that, its actually worse for ken.

      And Ken got at least three things wrong, one of which being inventing on the spot how rape figures were arrived at.

  24. 77
    Sue Perrin-Junsham says:

    If Goodwin gets divorced he’ll have to make Alemany payments

  25. 79
    sonofselsdonman says:

    So do we have to call him Fred the Shag from now on?

    • 122
      Titford Hat says:

      Fred the Bed.

    • 131
      Maximus says:

      Fred the Bred.

      • 159
        Great Granddad says:

        That vile little bookkeeper, who once masqueraded as a banker without even the most basic qualifications to call himself such, shall in future, and for all time, be known in polite society as, Spread the Bed.

  26. 81
    OllieReeder says:

    People ask what is the big deal in corporate governance terms about an alleged relationship. At Board level, it is rather more serious than the “common or garden” office fling. For example, what if the senior colleague was on the Remuneration Committee, deciding how big your bonus should be? Or the Audit Committee, checking your accounts?

    • 85
      Captn P says:

      Or even the head of corporate risk … You really have to laugh …

    • 90
      Tax Payer says:

      Possibly. But bonuses and expense accounts shouldn’t be authorised by a single person, anyway.

      Plus, I just feel that something more serious is being suggested. Almost that the banking crisis/rescue itself was potentially compromised.

      Anyway, a coquettishly suggestive quote from Balls-Cooper on Goodwin:

      “If she were to find herself sitting next to Sir Fred Goodwin at a dinner party tonight, I ask, what would she want to say to him? She laughs uncomfortably. “You know, I think … look, I don’t really know him. I met him a couple of times at meetings.””

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/apr/06/yvette-cooper-g2-interview

  27. 82
    GWarburton says:

    Forget RBS, Cameron wants to kill half the plant life in the World. Not since Heath has so much sand been seen between such distinguished ears.

  28. 86
    the moneyshot says:

    the portugese trans on big brother/portugal defaults on euro—then they walk into the sunset together

    would be icing on the cake

  29. 104
    Probably being thick but says:

    You are not allowed to even reveal the existence of the superinjunction, and as I’ve never received one, if I set up a website naming names, how could I be in breach of a superinjunction that I never knew existed?

    Perhaps it would be safer to upload them all to wikipedia to ensure that none are breached?

    • 162
      Sicko says:

      It’d probably be redacted there within minutes (if not seconds). Maybe Wikileaks would be a more stable home?

      Being up on a charge of ‘not being party to knowledge of which you were unaware’ would be novel in the history of our legal system, wouldn’t it? You make a good point on the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ world in which we find ourselves now.

  30. 109
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Homosexual looking male beeboid on BBC News just asked evil Tory why Gordon Brown can’t be in charge of the IMF…… so it begins, all the forces of the evil BBC will now be spinning that Gordon is the man for the job.

    • 112
      Appropriate answers for every occasion says:

      He should have answered because he is a lying despicable useless Financially incompetent bullying c unt !

  31. 110
    The peoples Hangman says:

    Malcom Webster Murdering Hunt come on down

  32. 113
    Gordon Brown says:

    I gave him a knighthood for services to bonking

  33. 114
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Who to waterboard, Fred the shred or Gordon………

  34. 115
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin says:

    A FEW OF MY FANS GIVE ME A HEARTWARMING WELCOME…

    • 120
      Brown....a natural leader ?? says:

      I was there at Arromanches-les-Bains and he did indeed get jeered,cat-called and booed….the veterans were really appreciative of his presence…”Les Frogs” were mystified that we Brits did not seem to wish to chear our Prime Minister

      • 128
        strauss can't says:

        Because all of theirs are worse. And get away with it for years and years.

      • 129
        Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin says:

        I was there to visit Obama Beach. By the way, I was the Scottish Prime Minister. England was just Liebour’s milch cow.

        • 143
          Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin says:

          The Scottish Prime Minister who was elected by the party that won three general elections in a row with a majority of (Labour) MPs in England, elected by English voters, every time.

  35. 118
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Yep the BBc just said again that Gordon Brown is in the frame for the job. No he isn’t but the BBC want him to be.

    • 123
      Joss Taskin says:

      Wouldn’t Fred the Shred be an absolute shoo-in to be Strauss-Kahn’s replacement ??

      • 132

        Its Liebour spin. He’s not in the running, as B£air wasn’t really in the running for the EUSSR presidency. Just associating him with such a top prestigious role is an attempt to reforming his reputation. Didn’t work for B£air, so I doubt it will work for McRuin

        • 163
          Sicko says:

          It really is time that the BBC stopped pandering to the vanity of past Prime Ministers and read the memo notifying them of the result of the last General Election. Their function is, as it has been since its inception, to be the official mouthpiece of the government of the day.

          Glorified and overpaid town criers, the lot of them.

    • 125
      Britain's Duty to save the World( from Brown) says:

      The British Prime Minister/Chancellor can veto any such approach to Brown by IMF and they have already said they will as they deem the man that allegedly was responsible for almost bankrupting Britain totally unsuitable to be allowed anywhere near the World’s Economy

  36. 126
    Charlotte Harris says:

    Oh bollocks !!

    What is Chris Huhne up to now ?

    “Chris Huhne” goes viral ……………

  37. 133
    MB. says:

    What would happen if a newspaper reporting Melchester Rovers always blanked out the names of Roy Race and Bomber Reeves because there were super injunctions involving these players.

    Or someone discussing a Melchester Rovers match on radio or TV asked (on microphone) if it was OK to mention Roy Race’s name on the air?

    (Any resemblance of the team or players’ names to any living or dead team or player is purely coincidental)

  38. 134
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    If anyone breaches my injunction, I will take legal action. Oh no I won’t, I forgot it ran out and I had to pay costs and damages. Anyway, here we go again, back in Court for the appeal in September.

    • 150
      Anonymous, would be Mong shagger, Pervert, Spy and MP says:

      I think it is scandalous that members of either house would use parliamentary priviledge to expose the private lives of prominent members of the public.

  39. 140
    Sir Gred Foodwin says:

    I was NOT snorting coke of Jacqui Smith’s ample arse while doing Harriet Harman from behind while she fellated a premiership footballer

  40. 144
    Signary Gag says:

    Did some footballer get a superinjunction?

  41. 145
    Happy in Surrey says:

    And I owe you a thank you, Guido.

    As a result of your info, when I recently wrote to NatWest challenging some of my charges, I pointed out that if I was a corrupt banker, shagging someone called ***** ***, who holds the position of ***** ********** ******** I wouldn’t be treated so unfairly.

    NatWest re paid all my charges within days :)

    Thank you!

  42. 147
    Anonymous says:

    Was the Goodwin superinjunction under English law? That might explain why this blogger based in Northern Ireland feels comfortable disclosing the name afterwatt.blogspot.com

  43. 155
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    Max Farquar has an interesting post nominating his:

    RBS Employee Of The Day

    …where he wonders idly whether or not his selection, Mrs. Susan Bor (sometime Group Resourcing Director), “ever met Sir Fred Goodwin during his spell as Chief Executive at RBS. No particular reason. Just being nosy”.

    Max’s pick of RBS Employee Of The Day sounds an excellent choice :)

  44. 156
    Ivor Biggun says:

    The Daily Mail’s Ephraim Hardcastle column asks:

    “Why’s the Royal Bank of Scotland’s perky ‘Group Resourcing Director’, Susan Bor, such a focus of curiosity online?

    A YouTube video of her discussing mundane business matters attracted heavy traffic before it was removed this week.

    It’s not as if Susan is a really famous RBS executive!?!”

    I’ve no idea why either – maybe it’s because she’s a pretty lady, though I believe she may be married.

  45. 157
    Relaxing 20 person hols says:

    Good news, but when will the media talk honestly about the injunctions obtained by the McCanns – and now lifted.

    http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2011/05/seized-books-goncalo-amaral-denounces.html

  46. 161
    bail out says:

    Lord Oakeshott, through a proxy, said in the House of Lords earlier:

    “So how can it be right for a superinjunction to hide the alleged relationship between Sir Fred Goodwin and a senior colleague? If true it would be a serious breach of corporate governance and not even the Financial Services Authority would know about it.”

    The only people that can be ‘senior colleague(s)’ to a CEO would be the Board Chairman and Independent non-Executive directors. I don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work out the rest.


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