Fred Goodwin gets super-injunction that even stops him being called a banker

The Independent reports:

Sir Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland who became a focal point for anger over the financial crisis, has obtained a super-injunction banning the media from identifying him as a banker.

The existence of the super-injunction was revealed today by John Hemming, a back-bench Liberal Democrat MP who tabled a question in Parliament about the gagging order.

Normally the media is forbidden from even reporting that a super-injunction exists but Parliamentary privilege allows MPs to speak on the floor of the House of Commons without risk of prosecution.

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in News.
Advert

9 Comments

  • How sad for those of you living in the UK. You lack the basic tenets of freedom of speech and press. Can we get the name of the judge who gave this super injunction ? I guess his or her identity is secret too. What irony, I bet the citizens of Egypt now have greater freedoms of expression than citizsens of the UK, LOL.

  • And somewhat inevitably, #fredgoodwinisabanker is now trending on Twitter!

  • At first I thought it was typo, I know many people have used a word similar to banker to describe Mr Goodwin….

  • Nick (not Clegg) 11th Mar '11 - 11:22am

    So we can no longer refer to Sir Fred Goodwin as a “banker”. OK, so what can we call him? Suggestions on a postcard …

  • ….a complete banker?

  • The Infamous Culex 11th Mar '11 - 12:04pm

    Need I remind people that the collective noun for a group of bankers is a wunch?

  • toryboysnevergrowup 11th Mar '11 - 12:31pm

    The lawyers who push these superinjunctions are really not advising their clients very well. Look what happened with Trafigura and now this is all over the internet and probably result in more damage that would otherwise have been the case.

    As to an appropriate description for “bankers” such as Goodwin (rather than good old fashioned bankers who used to take a turn between borrowing and lending rates and performed a valuable role in matching savers and borrowers) would be dealers or casino operators or similar.

  • I wonder what the injunction actually said and if it really says you can’t describe him as a banker or someone is just taking a mischeiviously over restrictive interpretiation to point up the ridiculousness of some super-injunctions.

    That was really what happened with Trafigura as really the Guardian very cleverly promoted an overly restrictive view on what they could say rather than going back to the court to clarify the point.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMichael BG 31st May - 2:31am
    I think this is a strange article. I remember the days when Conservatives used to talk about giving people equal opportunities. This meant that everyone...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 31st May - 1:45am
    Lauren Keith Very good article , well done. Eddie Agree with you on new and more tangible policies, not on the leadership.Tim is here to...
  • User AvatarStevan Rose 30th May - 11:17pm
    I hate to say it but we don't have an awful lot of credible, clear, and distinctive policies on offer. If we do then we're...
  • User AvatarEdith 30th May - 11:11pm
    The migrants are coming with no legal status in France. If they apply for Asylum in France, then the french government will take care of...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 30th May - 9:20pm
    J. Dunn Oh, dear, I'm dazzled by such a sophisticated response. @ Shas, well done, great cause, but..... buy items from Sports Direct ? No...
  • User AvatarNoel Hadjimichael 30th May - 9:15pm
    As a new resident in the UK with voting rights I am keen to see both sides of the debate given exposure and robust examination....