Dishonouring Fred 爵士丢了乌纱帽

更新时间 2012年 2月 1日, 星期三 - 格林尼治标准时间18:54

英语学习点: Vocabulary: Public Humiliation 有关羞辱的词汇

Fred Goodwin when he was at RBS

Fred Goodwin presided over a disaster at RBS.

The man formally known as Sir Fred Goodwin is going to have to get used to being called plain old Mr Goodwin. He has now lost his knighthood.

The former head of Royal Bank of Scotland became the subject of a public outcry after RBS had to be bailed out by the British taxpayer, whose bill came to £45 billion (450 billion yuan).

Unsurprisingly, Sir Fred left the company under a cloud. But it was after this that the Scot was really pilloried - for drawing payments worth about £700,000 (seven million yuan) a year from a massive pension pot worth £16 million (160 million yuan).

After coming under fire for the package, Sir Fred eventually reduced his pension by £200,000 (two million yuan). But that wasn't enough to appease his critics, who have never forgiven Sir Fred for his role in causing the financial crisis. They continued baying for blood and began to clamour for the removal of a knighthood he had received in 2004 for services to banking.

Yesterday the Queen stripped the honour from the discredited banker. But now some people have hit out at the government for vilifying Goodwin. They believe that he has been made a scapegoat and is taking the fall for a much wider global financial crisis. The former Chancellor Alistair Darling said:

"I'm not here to defend Sir Fred... I just think we're getting into awful trouble here if we go after people on a whim."

At least Goodwin has a nickname he can revert to if he finds himself missing his title. In his days as a cost-cutting superboss he was proud of being known as 'Fred the Shred'.

Quiz

Is Fred Goodwin a popular man in the UK?

No.

What was Fred Goodwin called when he had a knighthood?

Sir Fred Goodwin.

Was it cloudy when Goodwin left RBS?

Possibly, but that isn't relevant. If someone leaves a company under a cloud it means that they leave in disgrace.

Is this statement true, false or not given? Fred Goodwin chose to reduce his pension.

True.

Look at the article. What noun describes a person or group that is blamed for something they are not entirely responsible for?

A scapegoat.

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