Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Hester's holiday howler

Interesting to note that the thing that seems to have annoyed many people the most about Stephen Hester's evidence to the select committee yesterday (still waiting for the transcript) was not the defence of bonuses. Rather it was his reponse to how he would deal with the public reaction to bonus announcements:
"I might go on holiday for a long time."
Mrs P was spitting feathers, as, it seems, were quite a few unpolitical people judging from conversations this morning. Maybe the it's the slighty 'naughty schoolboy' tone of it, or the apparent lack of seriousness, or the fact that many people aren't even thinking about holidays. In any case it was badly misjudged.

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