Knighthood removal a tiny slap on hand

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From: Robert Reynolds, Harrogate.

SOME may be pleased at the stripped knighthood of Fred Goodwin (Yorkshire Post, February 1). Yet this is merely a tiny slap on the hand for the gross incompetence displayed by both the industry as a whole and many of the UK’s managers.

No director of any failing bank has been jailed, arrested or even faced charges of gross negligence. They’ve been allowed to carry on regardless. And boy have they.

The Bank of England has printed billions and pumped it into the banking industry. Yet again they’ve gone to the casino betting up prices on food and fuel, which you now pay for while they cream off the profits.

The Lib Dems think they have an answer which is to give shareholders more power. As these shares are purchased by investment groups whose only interest is a rising share, little will change.

These “managers” have made themselves millionaires through corporate misery. They use the language of rogues. You can spot the words – “modernisation”, “efficiency”, “competitiveness”, which mean lost jobs, low pay and misery for their workforce.

This translates into maximising profits, a higher share price and an undeserved bonus for the wrecker who has “managed” the business.

Since the 1980s, our nation has caught a disease. It has changed people’s capitalism into corporate capitalism. We are poorer for it

From: David Woosnam, Woodrow Park, Scartho, Grimsby.

I SEE that former RBS boss Sir Fred has now become plain Mister Goodwin (Yorkshire Post, February 1). Let’s hope we can soon see the same for Sir Mark Thatcher and Lord Archer.

From: Ken Holmes, Cliffe Common, Selby.

it requires a brave man or a fool to refuse a million pounds. “Take your pick.”

I certainly don’t think chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Mr Stephen Hester, is the latter. Arise Sir Stephen. Oops!

From: Jeffrey Stirk, Newton Le Willows, Bedale.

WHILE acknowledging that Fred Goodwin committed no proven crime, it is only right and proper that he should pay the price for sheer incompetence. His arrogance and greed is another matter. It was the only action that society could take but I would look closely at the people that originally made the decision.

Surely, it is time to look to the future? People should only be rewarded with knighthoods when they retire so they can enjoy the prestige in their latter years.

From: Peter Asquith-Cowen, First Lane, Anlaby, Hull.

WE’RE all not in it together. Tom Richmond’s article (Yorkshire Post, January 31) summed up many of my feelings. Without trawling over the torrid details, what were Stephen Hester’s “special qualities” that made his apologists support his huge bonus at the RBS?

I fail to see what he does that rewards him so magnanimously. Surely, a doctor or paramedic saving someone’s life is doing something far more positive and helpful to society, as are the police, firemen, teachers, nurses and refuse collectors, so why is he so special? What’s his secret?

Fred Goodwin should never have been given a title. Anyone else, whose reckless behaviour caused such mayhem, would have been sacked at once.

Wolds needs rail links

From: Martyn L Scargill, Chantry Meadows, Kilham, East Yorkshire.

THE Yorkshire Wolds (Yorkshire Post, January 28) are, indeed, a lovely area which, strangely has always been overlooked, which seems somewhat odd when it is placed in the middle of Britain and so close to many urban areas.

The Yorkshire Wolds are not inaccessible, but have a very good network of roads which would be no problem if slow vehicles would only let you pass. We certainly do not wish to see it carved up and mutilated by motorways because of greed and impatience.

Much damage, however, is caused by the loss of comprehensive rail links. We have nowadays only the Hull-Scarborough line, but badly need the derelict lines to be reinstated, like Selby-Driffield, Malton-Driffield and York-Beverley.

Additionally, the area could be made much more attractive by the planting of many more hedgerows and filling in countless ugly gaps in existing ones, at least along the roads.

From: Barry Lee, Plumpton Park, Shafton, Barnsley.

AS last someone has said it as it is (Yorkshire Post, January 28) regarding David Hockney’s so-called masterpieces.

No less a man than Derek Stafford, Hockney’s former tutor at Bradford College of Art, who says Hockney’s recent works are rubbish. Hockney talks a good picture but doesn’t paint one.

When I look at Hockney’s recent work, I am reminded of the paint charts in my local DIY store.

From: David Croft, Boynton, Bridlington.

THE recent comments in the Yorkshire Post regarding David Hockney’s picturesque views of Woldgate relating to the illegal dumping of rubbish along the hedgerows and roadside woodlands of this ancient track makes a lot of the responsibilities of the East Riding Council and Welcome to Yorkshire in the role of clearing up the mess (Yorkshire Post, February 1).

I agree there is a legal responsibility for the council to clear up the roadside and East Riding Council does just that.

But no sooner is the mess removed than another load is dumped.

The council could easily send out a clearance team on an almost daily basis, but every visit, whether daily, weekly or monthly costs money that is paid for through the annual council tax ie, the law-abiding citizen pays.

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