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Outlook The row over Sir Fred Goodwin's pension is proving as much an embarrassment for the Government as it is for Sir Fred. "I know", some bright spark at the Treasury must have thought. "Let's completely overshadow one of the most important and high-risk policy initiatives of the modern age by leaking a bit more banker-bashing to the BBC". Fred's pension must have seemed just the ticket, demonstrating beyond dispute what greed-fuelled rogues all those bankers really were. If that was the idea, the plan has certainly succeeded, though probably not in quite the way intended.

Ex-RBS chief should renounce pension, says Darling

Former Royal Bank of Scotland chief Sir Fred Goodwin's £650,000 pension was neither negotiated nor approved by the Government, Chancellor Alistair Darling said today.

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