Sanity in banking

Alas, it’s in the UK.

The government yesterday publicly hardened its position on bank executive bonuses saying it will be “very, very robust” in clamping down on bonuses for 2008 in banks in which it holds shares. It will only allow modest payments for clerks earning around £20,000 a year.

It came as David Cameron said he would cap all 2008 bonuses at £2,000 for staff in banks owned or partly owned by the government. He also said the government should be willing to sue any bank executive who insisted their contract entitled them to a large bonus for the year.


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