STEPHEN HESTER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF RBS
Royal Bank of Scotland directors were accused of holding taxpayers to ransom last night over plans to pay huge bonuses. The board has threatened to resign en masse if the Treasury blocks the payments.
The row is over an estimated £1.5billion bonus pool for staff at the investment arm of the bank, which is largely owned by the public.
The pool is around 50 per cent bigger than last year and would give 20,000 bankers the equivalent of three times the national average salary each. The Treasury has demanded a veto, following the taxpayers' £45billion bailout of the Edinburgh institution, but board members say their lawyers tell them they would have to resign if they lost the power to set pay levels.
ALISTAIR, CALL THE BASTARDS' BLUFF. Let them resign and we'll see how they get on then. HESTER is on a £10MILLION DEAL. DO YOU SERIOUSLY THINK HE IS GOING TO JEOPERDISE THAT. WHAT WOULD HIS WIFE SAY?