LDV readers say: government should stick by pension promise to Sir Fred

by Stephen Tall on March 17, 2009

Two weeks ago – at the height of the political storm surrounding RBS’s Sir Fred Goodwin’s £693,000 £703,000 a year pension pay-out – LDV asked our readers: How do you think the issue of Sir Fred Goodwin’s RBS pension should be resolved?

Here’s what you said:

>> 15% (45 votes): The government should legislate to claw back a large part of Sir Fred’s pension
>> 29% (89): The government should instruct that Sir Fred be paid a minimum amount, and he should sue if he wants his full entitlement.
>> 52% (160): The government should abide by the agreement entered into between Sir Fred and RBS and sanctioned by its own business minister
>> 4% (12): Don’t know / Other
Total Votes: 306. Poll ran: 2nd-16th March 2009

So a clear majority of readers reckoned Sir Fred should keep his pension, though Hywel’s comment probably summed up the general mood:

“Do you think Sir Fred is entitled to his £650,000 a year RBS pension?”

Entitled yes, deserves no.

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“>> 52% (160): The government should abide by the agreement entered into between Sir Fred and RBS and sanctioned by its own business minister”

This answer makes a number of assertions which, according to documents released today, aren’t true.

All this poll demonstrates is the danger of how phrasing the question can determine the outcome.

by Mark Inskip on March 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm. Reply #

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